Who needs cardiac rehabilitation?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Anyone who has experienced a heart attack, a heart surgery, or is recovering from a congestive heart failure exacerbation is a candidate for cardiac rehabilitation. People who have had heart attacks need guidance about how to progress activity after their cardiac event and how to take care of themselves as they recover. Patients who have had heart surgeries: LVAD implantations, Open Heart Surgeries (Bypass or valve replacement), or long term hospitalization related to heart failure require teaching and guidance about the physiology of their disease, self-care-- activity progression, dietary changes, as well as energy management and preventative measures they can implement to keep themselves out of the hospital. Cardiac Rehabilitation usually starts day one or two after surgery or heart attack and there are several phases people progress through. Phase one is in the hospital. Phase two is outpatient, and occurs in a center setting where patients exercise and are monitored by registered nurses. In phase two, teaching and "support groups" continue.

People of all ages and ethnic backgrounds can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation (rehab). Rehab may help people who have had:

A heart attack Angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting for coronary heart disease Heart valve repair or replacement A heart transplant or a lung transplant Stable angina Heart failure

Cardiac rehab is equally helpful to both men and women. It can improve your overall health and prevent future heart problems and even death.

This answer is based on source information from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Cardiac rehabilitation is important for individuals who are recovering from a heart attack or from heart surgery. This type of rehabilitation can help individuals prevent future heart problems.



Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Cardiovascular rehabilitation is the single smartest step you can take to prevent a heart attack or other heart issues. Cardiac rehab is now for anyone who has had a heart attack, bypass surgery, stents, heart-valve surgery, heart failure, a heart transplant, cardiac resynchronization therapy, or a cardiac defibrillator implant.

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