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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Knowing that you have a heart problem, you may wonder how you can improve your health. Cardiac rehabilitation ("cardiac rehab") is a program designed by your health care team that will not only help you recover, but also reduce your risk for future heart problems.

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Your Rehab Program

Your cardiac rehab program may begin while you're in the hospital. After you're discharged, you may go to a special facility for scheduled rehab classes. Once you regain some strength and learn how to exercise safely, your doctor may prescribe an exercise program for you to follow at a fitness center or at home.

As an Inpatient

  • You may start light exercise within 2 days of being admitted.

As an Outpatient

Patient at cardiac rehabilitation center
Your cardiac rehab program may use treadmills and stationary bikes to increase endurance. Arm cranks, weights, and wall pulleys may be used to build upper body strength.

  • As early as 1-2 weeks after leaving the hospital, you can join a supervised rehab program.

  • Exercises will be prescribed to help you build strength and flexibility. The first month will most likely include low-intensity exercises. Over time, you'll exercise harder to improve your endurance.

  • Your heart and blood pressure may be monitored during exercise.

To Maintain the Benefits

  • Don't stop once you've completed an outpatient program. Make exercise and lifestyle changes an ongoing part of your routine.

  • Work out at home or in a fitness center. Rent a new workout tape each week.

  • Ask family and friends to help you stay motivated.

  • Other lifestyle changes besides exercise are a big part of cardiac rehab. Some of these changes may include quitting smoking, reducing stress, controlling weight, or lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

Publication Source: American Heart Association

Publication Source: Heart Failure Society of America

Online Source: American Heart Association

Online Source: Heart Failure Society of America

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2006-06-05T00:00:00-06:00

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