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How does cardiac rehabilitation work?

Cardiac rehab helps people make healthy choices and develop positive exercise and eating habits in a safe environment. These lifestyle changes help to reduce the chance of blockages in other arteries in the future. Cardiac rehab programs usually meet two to three times per week and require exercise in addition to the formal meetings. 

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program for individuals with heart problems such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, and obesity. Cardiac rehabilitation programs include exercise training, education on healthy living habits and nutrition, and counseling to reduce stress.

Cardiac rehab involves a team of doctors, nurses, exercise physiologists, dieticians and mental health specialists.

Working with a team of specialists will help you transform your lifestyle habits and regain your health.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Cardiac rehab and intensive cardiac rehab include supervised physical activity, plus psychological counseling to ease anxieties and nutritional counseling, which will help you eliminate the five heart-stopping food felons: trans fats, saturated fats, any grain that's not 100% whole, added sugars, and syrups.

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