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What is Cardiovascular Rehabilitation?


What is Cardiovascular Rehabilitation?

Surviving a heart attack, having heart surgery (bypass or valve), or undergoing placement of a stent or angioplasty can seem overwhelming. Once you have been released from the hospital, Cardiovascular Rehabilitation can help you recover (rehabilitate) from the event. Participation can also help reduce your risk for future cardiac events by learning ways to keep your heart healthy and to manage cardiac risk factors.

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation is a medically supervised education and exercise program. The education program provides you with vital information on the management of cardiovascular health and risk factor reduction. The exercise program is tailored specifically for your individual needs and fitness level. Through supervised exercise, encouragement and support, Cardiovascular Rehabilitation can help you improve your overall level of physical conditioning, regain your confidence and strength and provide you with the motivation and encouragement needed to make positive lifestyle choices.

Benefits of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

  • Improved strength and endurance
  • Quicker return to work and recreational activities
  • Assistance in making lifestyle changes
  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Smoking cessation
  • Blood pressure control
  • Improved blood sugar levels for diabetic patients
  • Improved stress tolerance
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced cardiac symptoms associated with exercise
  • Supervised exercise in a nonthreatening environment with healthcare professionals
  • Support and motivation for a quicker recovery

Components of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

  • Physician referral and a medical assessment
  • Risk factor education for healthy lifestyle choices
  • Monitored exercise prescription with structure and supervision
  • Family and patient support
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