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.
Imagine that you’ve just left your cardiologist’s office. He’s told you that you have to make some changes. Your blood pressure is way over the limit at 170 over 100 and your LDL cholesterol (that’s the “bad” kind) is hovering right around 200. He conducted an exercise cardiac stress test, putting you on the treadmill and increasing the speed and elevation periodically while monitoring your heart -- and he didn’t like the results.
The diagnosis: coronary artery disease (CAD).
Besides surgery or...
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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