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)
- 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)
- 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: Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programs in the era of COVID-19: a critical...
- Article: Changes in patient activation following cardiac rehabilitation using the Active+me digital...
- Article: Validity and Reliability of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Barriers Scale in the...
- Cardiac Rehabilitation -- see more articles