Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is a medically supervised program that helps improve the health and well-being of people who have heart problems. Rehab programs include exercise training, education on heart healthy living, and counseling to reduce stress and help you return to an active life.
Your rehab team will work with you to create a plan that meets your needs. Each part of cardiac rehab will help lower your risk for future heart problems. Over time, the lifestyle changes you make during rehab will become routine and help you maintain a reduced risk for heart disease.
What to expect
Rehab activities will vary depending on your condition. You’ll work on range-of-motion exercises, such as moving your fingers, hands, arms, legs and feet. Over time, you’ll increase your activity level. The length of time you continue cardiac rehab depends on your situation.
During cardiac rehabilitation, you’ll learn how to:
- Increase your physical activity level and exercise safely
- Follow a heart healthy diet
- Reduce risk factors for future heart problems
- Improve your emotional health