Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program for people who have experienced heart conditions. The goal is to:
* improve the persons health and quality of life
* prevent further problems
*reduce the chances of needing to return to the hospital for heart-related issues
The rehab program tends to include a combination of exercise training, education, and counseling. It takes place in a clinic or hospital rehab center. Different healthcare providers are usually involved in cardiac rehab, including nurses, exercise specialists, and nutritionists, while doctors supervise the program. Family members and friends can also provide important support. Cardiac rehabilitation is an important part of recovery from heart problems. It can also reduce the chances of experiencing another cardiac event. A team of healthcare professionals tailors each program to suit each person needs and provides close monitoring each step of the way. Rehab usually involves physical activity that gradually increases in intensity and education about improving cardiac health by managing stress effectively and making changes to the diet. Some people also attend counseling.