Cardiac Rehabilitation and Coronary Artery Disease
Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is a program for people who have
recently had a
heart attack or heart surgery or who have other heart
problems. Cardiac rehab is designed to help people recover more quickly and
more fully from their heart attack or surgery, improve their health and quality
of life, and return to their normal daily routine.
Cardiac rehab often involves a team of health professionals,
including a cardiologist, nurses, exercise specialists, physical therapists,
dietitians, and others.
Ever wish you could see inside your arteries? These blood vessels deliver oxygen-rich blood to every corner of our bodies. Maintaining the flow is essential to life and health.
Atherosclerosis causes narrowing and hardening of the arteries, creating slowdowns in blood flow. Even worse, atherosclerosis can trigger sudden blood clots. Heart attacks and strokes are the often-deadly result.
If we could see what was going on in our arteries, we might think twice about our lifestyle choices. Could...
Rehabilitation consists of carefully planned exercise, strength
training, and proper nutrition, all of which are based on your personal level
of fitness and the condition of your heart. Exercise is designed to help you
regain your strength and improve your heart health. Education and support are
also important components of a cardiac rehab program that may help you learn to
deal with the stress and emotional issues of rehabilitation.
Besides improving your heart and muscle strength, cardiac
rehabilitation may also help lower your cholesterol level, blood pressure, and
weight, and it likely will improve your sense of well-being.
For more information, see the topic Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
May 10, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 10, 2010
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