If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, cardiac rehabilitation can help you make lifestyle changes that may improve your health and reduce the risk of future problems. In fact, after a heart attack or heart surgery, your risk of death is reduced by approximately 25 percent if you participate in cardiac rehabilitation.
Cardiac rehabilitation sessions include exercise, education and counseling. The program generally ranges from 12 to 36 one-hour sessions, with an average of three sessions per week.
Exercise – strengthen your heart and body while under the care and supervision of specialists. Continuous monitoring and supervision during exercise allows you to push yourself safely.
Education – understand cardiovascular disease and health risks associated with its development.
Support – receive encouragement as you set goals toward healthy lifestyle changes.
Relaxation – learn techniques to help you cope with stress and anxiety.
Your cardiac rehabilitation team may include:
Primary care provider
Medicare and personal insurance may cover all or part of the cost of your cardiac rehabilitation. We recommend you find out what will be covered by your individual plan.