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Cardiac rehabilitation is a programme designed to help patients who have had a heart attack or undergone heart surgery to get back on their feet through exercise, lifestyle changes and being informed about how to overcome their cardiac problems. Cardiac rehabilitation is meant to be supportive for the patient and family to help them get back to day-to-day life.
Cardiac rehabilitation aims to make recovery for cardiac patients a team effort, rather than having patients face the burden of recovery on their own. With proper guidance and education, it is hoped that patients can get back to everyday activities sooner and avoid future cardiac events.
Cardiac rehabilitation can be suitable for people who have:
There are three key parts of a successful cardiac rehabilitation programme:
No preparation is required for cardiac rehabilitation, and you will normally be visited by a member of the cardiac rehabilitation team as soon as you are in recovery in hospital. You will be informed thoroughly about your condition, the treatment you will require and the ongoing recovery. Once you have left the hospital, you will usually begin the programme four to eight weeks following surgery.
Following completion of cardiac rehabilitation, it is important to continue the exercises and new healthy lifestyle to ensure your cardiac health remains so long term.