Harvard Heart Letter

Cardiac rehab is often the best medication for recovery

One advantage of attending cardiac rehab is the power of the group support, which can provide added motivation.
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Participation in a cardiac rehabilitation program following a heart attack helps people live longer and better.

In the aftermath of a heart attack or coronary procedure, you typically leave the hospital with a sheaf of prescriptions for an array of new heart medicines. But all too often, a referral to a cardiac rehabilitation program is missing from your pile of paperwork.

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