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February 10th-16th is Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medical program that helps patients deal with the aftermath of heart disease. It aims to assist with fast recovery and help them achieve previous levels of physical and mental health whenever possible. Cardiac rehabilitation also has the goal to maintain, if not improve, the patient’s present heart condition and to prevent the onset of another cardiac arrest.

Cardiac rehabilitation program encompasses several things:

  • Counseling to ensure patients fully understand their condition and are able to manage the cardiac rehabilitation process
  • Implementing an exercise program
  • Helping patients make lifestyle changes to reduce risk factors associated with heart disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, smoking, and physical inactivity
  • Giving vocational assistance so that patients may be able to go back to work or find work
  • Giving patients complete health condition information including any limitations
  • Extending emotional support to patients

Cardiac rehabilitation can be most effective and helpful to patients with congestive heart failure, recent heart attack symptoms, coronary artery bypass, pacemaker implants, or those experiencing chest pains due to clogged heart arteries. Cardiac rehabilitation mostly includes an exercise program, but can be tailored to suit the specific needs of patients with regards to their individual health conditions.

Cardiac rehabilitation, if properly administered, can have significant impact on fast recovery, improved functioning, and quality of life for patients.