Harvard Heart Letter

Don't skip cardiac rehab after a heart event

Most people think cardiac rehabilitation is all about exercise. Learning how to start and maintain a personalized physical activity regimen is only part of the program. The cardiac rehabilitation team takes a personalized approach to helping people understand their disease, their medications, the psychological issues that accompany heart problems, and necessary lifestyle changes. Cardiac rehab is proven to reduce cardiac risk factors and increase quality of life, and it’s covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. Yet fewer than 20% of people who would benefit actually enroll in a program. Work is under way to create cardiac rehab programs that are more accessible to a greater number of people with heart disease.
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