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

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. Read more...
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?). Read more...

How soon after my operation for a heart attack should I begin rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation. As soon as your physician instucts you that it is safe to start rehabilitation and prescribes exactly what you are to do. Follow your doctors orders very carefully for your best result. Read more...
Soon. Stage one of cardiac rehabilitation begins within a few days of the operation usually on an inpatient rehab unit. The patient begins getting out of bed and starting to stand and walk. Often the heart rate and rhythm are monitored by telemetry for the first several days. Once the patient reaches a certain tolerance of physical activity without symptoms they are discharged to outpatient therapy. Read more...

Is cardiac rehabilitation important for a patient who has had a heart attack?

Yes. Cardiac rehab is very important after a heart attack. Rehab consists of supervised exercise and education for lifestyle modification. This results in improved cardiac function and decrease in future complications. The american college of cardiology considers rehab to be the most underutilized proven therapy in cardiology. Read more...
Cardiac rehab. Very important in the recovery process after heart attack and recommended in aha guidelines. Read more...

How important is cardiac rehabilitation in the prevention of a 2nd heart attack?

Prevention. This is very important as it has been shown that proper rehab and establishing a healthy life style e.g. No smoking, weight control, exercise, stress control can help prevent a second heart attack or complications. Read more...
Heart attack. It is helpful specifically if you have moderate heart disease, heart failure and or haven't excercised in the past and need education on those aspects. The prevention of a subsequent heart attack is based not only on rehab but also controlling risk factors eg diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, diet and smoking cessation. Read more...

My husband, 47 years old, suffered a heart attack 2 years ago. He has 2 stents & now a pacemaker. What are the cons of a pacemaker?

Very few. The indications are for slow heart rate which can be dangerous- even lethal. There are risks of implantation, but those are past. Some wire or battery failures over time. Rare perforation, infection, clots. Overall very necessary and very safe. Read more...
Few. A pacemaker is a device designed to help regulate a persons heart function by helping control the rate as well as keeping the heart beating in a regulated fashion. It is an electrical device, and is susceptible to magnetic fields as well as electricity. Otherwise, there are few limitations that you will not be able to figure out on your own. Read more...

Can you tell me is it normal to suffer pains in the chest sometimes 3 years after a heart attack?

No. Chest pain can be from the heart, or other causes. After a previous heart attack, you should assume it is from the heart until proven otherwise. Check it out urgently. Today would be good. Hope this helps! Read more...