Cardiac rehabilitation is a programmed effort designed to improve an individual’s heart health. For a patient diagnosed with heart problems or for one who has experienced a heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, or heart surgery cardiac rehab is of paramount benefit. It reduces the risk of death and health complications.
There are three key factors of cardiac rehabilitation, each equally important.
- Exercise counseling: Exercise gets your heart pumping and your cardiovascular system is put to work. For cardiac patients, exercises must be supervised and they should stick to the exercise that is mentioned by their cardiologist.
- ‘Healthy heart education’: Management and improvement of heart health are highly dependent on an individual’s lifestyle choices, so knowledge about what is good for heart health is highly beneficial. Patients must follow cardiologists’ advice and make heart-healthy choices.
- Counseling to reduce stress: Stress is detrimental to heart health. This part of cardiac rehab helps you manage and better handle your stress.
This out-patient therapy requires a team effort of the doctor and the patient.