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Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is a program for people who have a heart problem. It teaches you how to be more active and make other lifestyle changes. These can lead to a stronger heart and better health.
Cardiac rehab can help you get better after being in the hospital for a heart problem or heart surgery. It may help you to:
Rehab may also help you to:
Cardiac rehab programs can be done in an office, a clinic, or your home.
These programs usually include:
In cardiac rehab, you work with a team of health professionals. The team may include a doctor, a nurse specialist, a dietitian, an exercise therapist, and a physiotherapist. They design a program just for you, based on your health and goals. They also give you support to help you succeed.
Before you start cardiac rehab, your doctor will check your heart health to see what types of exercises you can safely do. Tests may include electrocardiograms and echocardiograms. You may also have tests during rehab. They will help your doctor see how you are doing.
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Current as of: April 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Caroline S. Rhoads MD - Internal Medicine & Robert A. Kloner MD, PhD - Cardiology & Stephen Fort MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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