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A 43-year-old member asked:

is there a risk of heart attack during a cardiac rehabilitation program?

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes but worth it: Although there is a limited risk of a heart attack occuring during cardiac rehab, that risk is present at home climbing the stairs or crossing the street. The risk is limited because the activity is supervised, and the patient is one "panic button" away from immediate cardiac intervention. In other words, if it's going to happen, it'll happen, but at least you're in the right place if it does.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes, but: There is always a risk of heart attack in people who have coronary artery disease - day and night, 24x7. That said, the risk is exceptionally low in cardiac rehab. Moreover, if you're destined to have a heart attack, can you think of a better place (that is, where you could get the most immediate attention?).

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Will he need surgery to relieve heart burn?

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Will my blood clot put me at risk for a heart attack or a stroke?

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Can a low dose aspirin help my coronary artery disease?

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I have a kidney failure. Am I more likely to have a heart attack?

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