Who can benefit from a cardiac rehab program?

Cardiac rehabilitation can benefit people who are recovering from a variety of heart issues, including:
  • chest pain (unstable angina)
  • heart attack (acute myocardial infarction)
  • angiogram with stents placed
  • coronary artery bypass graft
  • mitral or aortic valve repair or replacement
  • heart failure
  • heart transplant
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Cardiac rehabilitation is an option for people of all ages and with many forms of heart disease. In particular, you may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation if your medical history includes heart attack, coronary artery disease, heart failure, peripheral arterial disease, chest pain (angina), cardiomyopathy, certain congenital heart diseases, coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty and stents, heart transplant and heart valve replacements. Age should not hold you back from joining a cardiac rehabilitation program. Even if you're older than 65, you're likely to benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. The level at which your cardiovascular exercise will be done is monitored by a doctor so it might start with a simple walk for a few minutes and progress up to activity lasting 30 minutes. The most important thing is that the cardiovascular exercise start with safe equipment such as bikes – there are a variety of models that can put you in a comfort position and even have your arms aid the training- to non-weight bearing exercises in the pool to work the whole body. Because it is monitored, the cardiovascular program will progress based on how well you body responds. Combining all aspects of cardiovascular rehabilitation in appropriate patients improves functional capacity and quality of life, reduces risk factors and may create a sense of well-being and optimism about the future.

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