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, having obesity, smoking, and not exercising are other risk factors.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- Eating Well and Losing Weight (American Heart Association)
- Electrocardiogram (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
- 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)
- 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)
- High Blood Pressure: MedlinePlus Health Topic (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- Weight Control: MedlinePlus Health Topic (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Cardiac Rehabilitation (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Are Heart Failure and Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Patients Meeting...
- Article: Effect of Cardiac Rehabilitation Dose on Mortality and Morbidity: A...
- Article: Long-Term Results of High-Intensity Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation in Revascularized Patients...
- Cardiac Rehabilitation -- see more articles