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Health Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

The many benefits of cardiac rehab include:

  • Lower risk of fatal heart attack.
  • Recovery after bypass surgery.
  • Decreased severity of angina and decreased need for medicines to control angina.
  • Reduced need for hospital stays and emergency room visits for heart problems.
  • Decreased blood pressure.
  • Reduced shortness of breath and fatigue in people with heart failure.
  • Ability to exercise longer (increased exercise tolerance).
  • Improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • Reduced emotional stress, depression, and anxiety.
  • Significant weight loss when exercise is combined with other changes in lifestyle, such as eating a balanced diet.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Specialist Medical Reviewer John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
Current as of September 27, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 27, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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