Cardiac rehabilitation is a program for people who have a heart problem, such as a heart attack, heart failure, or a heart valve disease. The program includes exercise, lifestyle changes, education, and emotional support. Cardiac rehab can help you improve the quality of your life through better overall health. It can help you lose weight and feel better about yourself.
On your cardiac rehab team, you may have your doctor, a nurse specialist, a dietitian, and a physiotherapist. They will design your cardiac rehab program specifically for you. You will learn how to reduce your risk for heart problems, how to manage stress, and how to eat a heart-healthy diet. By the end of the program, you will be ready to maintain a healthier lifestyle on your own.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of:
May 6, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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