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Frequently Asked Questions About Cardiac Rehabilitation

March 26, 2013

After having a heart attack or heart surgery, you need to make certain changes to improve your health and prevent future problems. Enrolling in a cardiac rehabilitation program will help you understand your health goals and take the appropriate steps towards successful recovery. The following FAQs will give you a better understanding of cardiac rehabilitation:

Q: What is cardiac rehabilitation?

questions to ask about heart proceduresA: Cardiac rehab is a program that is specially designed to assist recovery from heart attack, heart surgery, or heart procedures such as angioplasty and stenting. It is supervised by professionals, and it seeks to help patients improve their physical well-being, control cardiac symptoms, and prevent future heart problems.

Q: Who needs cardiac rehab?

A: Cardiac rehab is beneficial for people who are suffering from coronary artery disease, heart failure, or angina, or have experienced a heart attack, as well as those who have undergone a heart surgery or procedure, such as coronary artery bypass graft surgery or percutaneous coronary intervention.

Q: What types of services are included in a cardiac rehab program?

A: A cardiac rehab program usually provides medical evaluation to help you understand your needs and limitations, education and counseling for managing your condition, physical activity training with a physical therapist or other healthcare professional, and support and training to help you live a normal life again.

Q: How long does a cardiac rehabilitation program last?

A: It depends on the amount of time you need to learn how to adopt healthy habits and cope with your condition. While some programs last several weeks or months, others can last for years.

If you need more information about cardiac rehabilitation, do not hesitate to contact our cardiologists.

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