Cardiac rehabilitation helps people with a history of cardiovascular disease make lifestyle changes that may improve their health and reduce the risk of future health problems.
After a heart attack or heart surgery, your risk of death is reduced by about 25 percent if you participate in cardiac rehabilitation.
Cardiac rehabilitation sessions include exercise, education and counseling.
Exercise – strengthen your heart and body while under the care and supervision of specialists. Continuous monitoring and supervision during exercise allows participants to push themselves safely. Each person progresses individually.
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.
What to expect
The program generally ranges from 12 to 36 sessions, with an average of three sessions per week. Each session is approximately one hour.
Your team may include:
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.