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Can cardiac rehabilitation make a difference for patients?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Sure it can: Modifying your risk factors by changing your diet, exercising, stopping smoking, loosing weight, etc. Of course can make a difference. The value of preventive medicine should not be underestimated.
Dr. Joshua Buckler
Cardiology 19 years experience
Absolutely: There is a lot of data showing that patients who go through cardiac rehab after a heart attack, heart surgery, or stent do much better long term. The benefits of a good program cannot be underestimated. Insurance companies are starting to realize this and cover this as a benefit.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

How is cardiac rehabilitation developed for a patient?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Stress test: Usually if the patient has had a heart attack for instance, a stress test is done first. This allows the doctor to recommend the level of exercise and the heart rate which is safe. The program itself consists of supervised exercise and teaching regarding diet and risk factor modification.
A 25-year-old member asked:

Which patients are candidates for cardiac rehabilitation?

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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Cardiology 31 years experience
Improve functionalit: Cardiac rehabilitation is recommended for post heart surgery, post heart attack, and for improving the overall functionality in chronic heart failure patients --.

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