Why It Is Done
Reference Cardiac rehab Opens New Window can help you recover after being in the hospital for a heart problem or heart surgery. Rehab can help improve your quality of life if you have long-term heart disease, such as heart failure. Cardiac rehab can also help you prevent future heart problems if you are at high risk for heart disease or heart attack.
People of any age can benefit from a rehab program. But this is especially true for older adults, women, and people who are at higher risk for heart failure. Cardiac rehab can also help you return to work safely and in a timely manner.
You might benefit from cardiac rehab if you have a heart problem or had a procedure or surgery. These include:
- Reference Heart attack Opens New Window.
- Reference Angioplasty Opens New Window.
- Reference Coronary artery bypass surgery Opens New Window.
- Reference Coronary artery disease Opens New Window.
- Reference Angina Opens New Window symptoms, such as chest pain or discomfort.
- Reference Heart valve surgery.
- Reference Heart transplant.
- Reference Peripheral arterial disease Opens New Window.
- Reference Heart failure Opens New Window.
- Reference Pacemaker Opens New Window or Reference implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) Opens New Window placement.
Not all people who have had the conditions or procedures listed above may be appropriate candidates for cardiac rehab. You may have other medical concerns that prevent your doctor from recommending cardiac rehab. But almost everyone with heart disease or risk factors for heart disease would benefit from some form of risk factor assessment, activity counseling, and health education.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 27, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology