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Cardiac Rehabilitation - How Well It Works

The many benefits of cardiac rehab include:

  • A reduced risk of major heart problems and death after a heart attack for those who participate in a cardiac rehab program that includes exercise.
  • Recovery after bypass surgery.
  • Decreased severity of angina and decreased need for medicines to control angina.
  • Reduced need for hospital stays because of heart problems. Costs for doctor visits and hospital stays are reduced for those who participate in cardiac rehab. Visits to the emergency room are also reduced.
  • Decreased blood pressure.
  • Reduced shortness of breath and less fatigue in people with heart failure.
  • Ability to exercise longer.
  • Ability to resume sexual activity safely.
  • Improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • Reaching and staying at a healthy weight.
  • Support to quit smoking.
  • Reduced emotional stress, depression, and anxiety.

Cardiac rehab can increase the quality of your life by improving your health overall; helping you lose weight, if you need to; reducing depression, stress, and anxiety; and helping to increase your self-esteem.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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