Cardiac Rehabilitation - Topic Overview
What happens in cardiac rehab?
In cardiac rehab,
you will learn how to:
- Manage your heart disease and problems such
high blood pressure and
- Eat a heart-healthy diet.
- Quit smoking.
- Reduce stress and depression.
- Get back
to work sooner and safely.
Exercise is a big part of cardiac rehab. So before you
get started, you will have a full checkup, which may include tests such as an
electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) and a "stress test"
(exercise electrocardiogram). These tests show how well your heart is working.
They will help your team design an exercise program that is safe for you.
At first your rehab team will keep a close watch on how exercise
affects your heart. As you get stronger, you will learn how to check your own
heart rate when you exercise. By the end of rehab, you will be ready to
continue an exercise program on your own.
What are the benefits of cardiac rehab?
cardiac rehab after a heart attack can lower your chance of dying from heart disease and can help you stay out of the hospital. It may reduce your need for
Cardiac rehab may also help you to:
- Have better overall health.
Lose weight or keep weight off.
- Feel less depressed and more
- Have more energy and feel better about yourself.
Changing old habits is hard. But in cardiac rehab, you
get the support of experts who can help you make new healthy habits. And
meeting other people who are in cardiac rehab can help you know that you're not