In the past, cardiac rehab was offered only to people who experienced
a major cardiac event, such as a heart attack or bypass surgery. But cardiac
rehab is now known to benefit people who have long-term heart problems, such as
heart failure. You may benefit from a cardiac rehab program if you have had one
of the following conditions or procedures:
Not all people who have had the conditions or procedures listed
above may be appropriate candidates for cardiac rehab. You may have other
medical concerns that prevent your doctor from recommending cardiac rehab.
But almost everyone with heart disease or risk factors for heart disease
would benefit from some form of risk factor assessment, activity counseling,
and health education.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology