What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

Updated:Apr 22,2014

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Most heart disease patients can help lower their risk of future heart problems if they make changes to improve their health. Building a healthier future is a partnership between you and the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who can help you change your health habits. You can play an active role in making these changes.

Taking an active role in your care will help you enjoy a healthier future. Know your goals, make changes in your health habits and take your medicines correctly. You can reduce future problems if you react quickly to new or worsening symptoms.

This website was developed from the American Heart Association’s Active Partnership program and contains information like you would learn in a formal on-site cardiac rehabilitation program. For more tools to help you take control of your heart health, order our Active Partnership workbook and DVD.

Learn more about cardiac rehabilitation:

Cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab) is a professionally supervised program to help people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures such as stenting and angioplasty. Cardiac rehab programs usually provide education and counseling services to help heart patients increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of future heart problems, including heart attack.



This content was last reviewed on 04/22/2014.



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