Who Can Benefit From Cardiac Rehabilitation
In the past, cardiac rehab was offered only to people who experienced a major cardiac event, such as a heart attack or bypass surgery. But cardiac rehab is now known to benefit people who have long-term heart problems, such as heart failure. You may benefit from a cardiac rehab program if you have had one of the following conditions or procedures:
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Heart failure (sometimes called congestive heart failure, or CHF)
- Angina symptoms, such as chest pain or discomfort
- Known coronary artery disease (CAD), or major risk factors for CAD
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
- Valve replacement (valve surgery [AVR/MVR])
- Heart transplant (or kidney transplants)
- Abnormal exercise test
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) placement
- Coronary artery spasm
Not all people who have had the conditions or procedures listed above may be appropriate candidates for cardiac rehab. You may have other medical concerns that prevent your doctor from recommending cardiac rehab. But almost everyone with heart disease or risk factors for heart disease would benefit from some form of risk factor assessment, activity counseling, and health education.
Current as of: November 20, 2015
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