Restrictions on Participating in Cardiac Rehabilitation
Your doctor may not refer you to a cardiac rehab program
because you may be at risk for exercise-related complications. Health reasons
for not joining a rehab program include:
Other high-risk heart conditions.
On the other hand, your doctor may feel that your risks are
so low that a full recovery from your heart problems will be possible without a
supervised rehab program. Even if your doctor does not give you a referral
because of your low risk, you may still choose to join a rehab program. But not
having a referral may make it harder to get financial assistance from your
health insurance company. Ask your doctor for a referral if you have
experienced any heart problems or if you are at high risk for future heart
problems. If your doctor believes it will be beneficial, he or she will support
your interest in joining a cardiac rehab program and will give you a referral.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.