Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised programme that helps improve the health and well-being of people who have heart problems.
Rehabilitation programmes include exercise training, education on heart healthy living and counseling to reduce stress and help you return to an active life.
Cardiac rehabilitation can help you:
- Address and correct risk factors that can lead to coronary heart disease and other heart problems. These risk factors include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, lack of physical activity, depression and other emotional health concerns.
- Recover after a heart attack heart surgery.
- Manage you cardiac disease
- Reduce future hospital stays, heart problems, and death related to heart problems.
- Adopt healthy lifestyle changes. These changes may include following a heart healthy diet, being physically active, and learning how to manage stress.
- Improve your health and quality of life.
People of all ages who have risk factors for developing or who have been diagnosed with heart disease, have suffered a cardiac event, or had recent cardiac surgery can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. The lifestyle changes made during cardiac rehabilitation have few risks. These changes can improve your overall health and prevent future heart problems and even death.
Exercise training as part of cardiac rehabilitation might not be safe for all patients. For example, if you have very high blood pressure or severe heart disease, you might not be ready for exercise. However, you can still benefit from other parts of the cardiac rehabilitation programme. Your cardiac rehabilitation programme will be individually tailored to meet your needs.
Ask your doctor or physiotherapist whether cardiac rehabilitation can help you prevent future heart problems and improve your health. For more useful information and video material visit www.heart.org.