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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is cardiac rehabilitation?

Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is a program that is supervised by healthcare providers. A cardiac rehab team includes doctors, nurses, exercise specialists, physical and occupational therapists, dietitians, and mental health providers. The providers will teach you ways to strengthen your heart and prevent future heart problems. Cardiac rehab may help you live longer by keeping your heart as healthy as possible. The program helps you recover from heart procedures and surgeries. It also teaches you how to manage your heart condition. Cardiac rehab may last for several weeks or months, depending on your condition.

Why do I need cardiac rehab?

Your healthcare provider may recommend you attend cardiac rehab for the following reasons:

What does cardiac rehab include?

Cardiac rehab specialists will examine you, ask about your symptoms, and make sure any medicine you take is working. They may use tests, such as an EKG, to monitor your heart rate and rhythm. They will also work with you individually and help you with the following:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my healthcare provider or cardiologist?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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