Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation is a customized outpatient program of exercise and education. These rehabilitation programs are designed to gradually acclimate your heart, lungs and vascular system. Mayo Clinic Health System's experts help you improve your health, and help you recover from a heart attack, other forms of heart, or vascular disease or surgery.
Rehabilitation often involves exercise training, emotional support and education about lifestyle changes to reduce your heart disease risk, such as eating a heart-healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and quitting smoking.
The goals of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation include establishing an individualized plan to help you regain strength, prevent your condition from worsening, reduce your risk of future heart problems, and improve your health and quality of life.
Research has found that cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs can reduce your risk of death from heart disease, and reduce your risk of future heart and vascular problems.
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