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Cardiac Rehabilitation: Working Toward Long-Term Health

Feb 03, 2010

More than 8 million Americans suffer from heart attacks each year. After an acute cardiac event, it is vital that patients undergo cardiac rehabilitation to ensure their long-term health. Both the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recognize the effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation.

“Cardiac rehabilitation can vastly improve the long-term heart health of patients,” said Amjad Sheikh, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P., director of the Cardiac Diagnostic & Rehabilitation Center at Weiss Memorial Hospital. “The best rehabilitation programs are multidisciplinary and individualized.”

Keep in mind these healthful hints from the experts at Weiss Memorial Hospital when undergoing cardiac rehabilitation:

  • Get Personal — Each of us is unique, so a cardiac rehabilitation program should be personalized to your specific needs. An individualized program should enhance your whole body, including flexibility, muscle strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness.
  • Stay Motivated — You get out what you put in when it comes to cardiac rehabilitation, so stay motivated to get the optimal benefits from your program. If you start to lose some steam, reach out for support from your caregivers and medical team, or attend an educational seminar at your local hospital to keep you on track.
  • Commit to a New Lifestyle — After your initial cardiac rehabilitation program ends, it is critical to continue the diet and exercise habits learned. Make sure you have a plan in place with the help of your rehabilitation specialists, so you can maintain a healthy lifestyle for many years to come.