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Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a structured programme that may be offered to help recovery after a heart attack.

Cardiac rehabilitation usually covers exercise, general health and lifestyle information, managing stress and addressing concerns about any risks from having sex.

During the programme, various experts will be involved, including nurses, physiotherapists and dietitians.

The aims of cardiac rehabilitation are to help restore your physical fitness and to reduce the risk of having another heart attack.

Discussions about cardiac rehabilitation should begin while the person is still in hospital.

The cardiac rehabilitation team will talk about general health, how this has been affected by the heart attack, risk factors for having another heart attack, and steps that can be taken to help prevent this.

Cardiac rehabilitation sessions are usually given at a hospital four to eight weeks after being discharged.

Programmes are tailored to individual needs, but usually involve one or two exercise sessions a week.

The focus is usually on aerobic exercises to help strengthen the heart, help circulation and manage blood pressure. Exercise examples include using an exercise bike, jogging on a treadmill and swimming.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on June 01, 2016

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