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Why should I join a rehabilitation program after coronary bypass surgery?

By joining a cardiac rehabilitation program, you can improve your chances of resuming a healthy, active lifestyle after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). An interdisciplinary team may include cardiologists, nurses, therapists, dietitians, and social workers.

Education is a primary focus of such programs and helps patients and families make informed decisions regarding care. Topics include risk factors for heart disease (cigarette smoking, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, diabetes, family history of heart disease, obesity, stress, age, and minimal exercise) diet, exercise, and stress management.

Most insurance providers are required to provide cardiac rehabilitation coverage. However, the number of sessions allowed varies by your insurance provider.

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