How much physical therapy you may need depends on how serious your
condition is, and your physical therapy team can tailor a training program to
your specific case.
Because what you eat has a large effect on your coronary artery
disease, you may seek the aid of a dietitian or nutritionist to help you
develop a heart-healthy diet. If you also have high blood pressure
(hypertension) or diabetes, it may be important to limit salt and sugar intake
Dietitians are trained in nutrition and are experienced in helping
individuals make lifestyle changes. They understand that adjustments to your
eating habits can be the hardest changes to make, and they can help you take
small steps toward the larger goal of a balanced diet.
Exercise often becomes an important part of treatment for people with
CAD, so you may benefit from the assistance of an exercise physiologist. These
professionals can help you customize an exercise program appropriate to your
own fitness level.
Like physical therapists, rehab nurses, and dietitians, exercise
physiologists have experience working with people of varying levels of strength
and aerobic capacity, so they understand how to motivate people in different
Mental health professional
Many people with serious conditions such as CAD experience
depression, either independently or as a result of their physical condition.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinical social workers can help you deal
with the mental challenges associated with any CAD-related complications that
you may have. In addition, they can help you learn to manage the stress in your
life, which can have a direct bearing on the success of your treatment plan.