Cardiac rehabilitation programs are appropriate for patients who have had a heart attack; for people who have undergone angioplasty or stenting, open-heart surgery, such as coronary artery bypass surgery, valve replacement or heart transplant; and for people with a diagnosis of angina or heart failure. Insurance coverage for these diagnoses may vary.
There is no minimum or maximum age limit for participation, and cardiac rehab is effective for both men and women. Cardiac rehabilitation professionals have been specially trained in how to individualize exercise programs, based on your age, level of fitness, other medical conditions and previous experience with exercise equipment. In fact, cardiac rehabilitation staff design personalized education and counseling sessions according to a participant’s unique assessment and needs.
How Can You Find a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program?
To find a program in your area, visit the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) Program Directory.
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