Cardiac care and rehab involves a program of treatment, exercise, education and emotional support. It’s designed to help the patient function optimally following heart failure, angioplasty or other heart surgery. The aim is to improve your cardiovascular health. You will not be alone: cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program involving a team of specialists.
Exercise and physical therapy get your heart pumping and if properly supervised can be hugely beneficial. At the same time, rehab involves counseling, for example to help you become less stressed. Stress is a known causal factor of heart attacks.
Another key part of the work of cardiac rehab centers is to educate the patient on risk factors. For instance, it’s important to quit smoking, have a healthy diet and monitor your weight.
Cardiac rehabilitation helps patients recover from chronic cardiovascular disease or after an acute cardiac event. It reduces mortality and morbidity and improves quality of life.
After referral by a cardiologist, patients go through several phases of rehabilitation at a cardiac center. Each phase includes counseling, emotional support and exercise.