(HealthDay News) -- A cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to help people recover from a heart attack, heart surgery or another medical procedure involving the cardiovascular system.
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Cardiac rehabilitation involves educating and counseling people about making lifestyle changes, getting healthier, exercising and minimizing the risk of a future cardiac event.
The American Heart Association offers this list of people who may benefit from a cardiac rehabilitation program:
- Someone who has had a heart attack.
- Someone with heart failure, angina or coronary artery disease.
- Someone who has had cardiovascular surgery, such as a coronary artery bypass graft, coronary angioplasty and stenting, or valve replacement.
- Someone who has had a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator installed.
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