About Medicine: Cardiac rehabilitation can save lives

In celebration of American Hearth Month in February, let’s talk about cardiac rehabilitation. What is it? Who needs it? How long does it last? What are the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation is a professionally supervised program to help people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures such as stenting and angioplasty. Patients with chronic illness such as congestive heart failure (CHF) may also attend this program.

Cardiac rehabilitation programs provide education and counseling services to help heart patients increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, and improve on a heart healthy diet. This reduces the risk of future heart problems, including heart attacks.

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