Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is a medically supervised program to help people who have
- A heart attack
- Angioplasty or coronary artery bypass grafting for coronary heart disease
- A heart valve repair or replacement
- A heart transplant or a lung transplant
- Heart failure
The goal is to help you return to an active life, and to reduce the risk of further heart problems. A team of specialists will create a plan for you that includes exercise training, education on heart healthy living, and counseling to reduce stress. You will learn how to reduce your risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, depression, and diabetes. Being overweight or obese, smoking, and not exercising are other risk factors.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Eating Well and Losing Weight (American Heart Association)
- Managing Your Medicines (American Heart Association)
- Post Surgery Milestones: Managing Your Mood, Expectations and Goals (American Heart Association)
- Taking Care of Yourself (American Heart Association)
- What Is an Electrocardiogram? (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
- All about Heart Rate (Pulse) (American Heart Association)
- Common Problems and Solutions for Being Physically Active (American Heart Association)
- Depression After a Cardiac Event or Diagnosis (American Heart Association)
- MedlinePlus: High Blood Pressure (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- MedlinePlus: Weight Control (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- What Are the Benefits and Risks of Cardiac Rehabilitation? (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
- What to Expect during Cardiac Rehabilitation (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
- What to Expect When Starting Cardiac Rehabilitation (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Heart Diseases (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Chronotropic Incompetence Does Not Limit Exercise Capacity in Chronic Heart...
- Article: Enhancing Cardiac Rehabilitation With Stress Management Training: A Randomized, Clinical...
- Article: Cardiac Patients' Walking Activity Determined by a Step Counter in...
- Cardiac Rehabilitation -- see more articles