Chapter 15

Taking Back Your Life ater a Heat Event

In This Chapter

arrow Discovering who can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation

arrow Defining the goals and benefits of cardiac rehabilitation

arrow Using exercise and physical activity to regain function

arrow Identifying strategies for long-term success

A diagnosis of heart disease isn’t the end of life as you know it; it just feels like it. A heart attack or heart surgery may feel like the end of the world, but your life and your health can emerge from these blows stronger than ever. That’s where cardiac rehabilitation becomes important. If you or a family member has had a diagnosis of coronary heart disease (CHD) or a heart event, don’t miss out on the following benefits of cardiac rehabilitation programs:

  • Improved exercise tolerance and ability to carry out activities of daily living
  • Reduced symptoms such as angina and shortness of breath
  • Improved cholesterol and blood lipid levels
  • Reduced cigarette smoking
  • Improved sense of well-being
  • Reduced stress
  • Reduced mortality. Heart attack victims who participate in rehabilitation programs experience a 25 ...

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