Your Cardiac Rehab Is a Long-Term Heart Health Investment
If you undergo heart surgery or suffer a cardiac event, your cardiologist will probably recommend you attend a cardiac rehabilitation program as part of your recovery process — and you definitely should sign up.
Cardiac rehab is just as important as medicines such as beta blockers or statins to reduce death rates after a heart attack. Surprisingly, though, less than 13 percent of those who are eligible to participate in a cardiac rehab do so.
What is cardiac rehab? It’s a program that provides education and counseling services to heart patients that is tailored to their individual needs and abilities. A program usually is 12 weeks long. During that time, patients typically exercise three days each week for about an hour each day, in addition to meeting with a nutritionist.
At the end of the program, these patients can have increased physical fitness and reduced cardiac symptoms. Most important, cardiac rehab can reduce the risk of future heart problems, including heart attack.
Most cardiac rehab is covered by insurance after a patient has had a heart event or surgery.
More than just an exercise program