On the other hand, your doctor may feel that your risks are
so low that a full recovery from your heart problems will be possible without a
supervised rehab program. Even if your doctor does not give you a referral
because of your low risk, you may still choose to join a rehab program. But not
having a referral may make it harder to get financial assistance from your
health insurance company. Ask your doctor for a referral if you have
experienced any heart problems or if you are at high risk for future heart
problems. If your doctor believes it will be beneficial, he or she will support
your interest in joining a cardiac rehab program and will give you a referral.
Most people know that cardiovascular disease can run in families -- that if
you have a family history of heart disease, you may be at greater risk for
heart attack, stroke, and other heart problems. But how much does family
history affect your heart health? What parts of the family tree are most
important? And what can you do about it?