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Health Tip: Cardiac Rehabilitation

- Cardiac rehabilitation under professional supervision often is recommended for people who have had a heart attack, heart surgery, or a related operation.

The American Heart Association lists these benefits of cardiac rehabilitation:

  • A rehab program, based on a medical evaluation, often is tailored to a person's specific needs and health problems.
  • During physical activity, your blood pressure and heart rate are closely monitored.
  • Getting regular exercise can help reduce stress, strengthen your heart, and increase your energy.
  • Rehabilitation often includes counseling on making lifestyle changes, including on what to eat, how to prepare food, how to manage stress, quitting smoking, and the importance of taking your medications.
  • An associated support group may be available to help you talk about and deal with your concerns and health issues.
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Posted: March 2008