Patient and Consumer Info

Cardiac Rehabilitation / Secondary Prevention Programs:

A cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster and return to full and productive lives. Programs include exercise, education, counseling, and learning ways to live a healthier life. You can benefit from cardiac rehab if you:

* Have heart disease, such as angina or heart failure, or have had a heart attack.
* Have had coronary bypass surgery or a balloon catheter (PTCA or Stent) procedure on your heart.
* Have had a heart transplant.

Cardiac rehab is a safe and effective way to help you feel better faster, get stronger, reduce stress, reduce the risks of future heart problems, and live longer. Almost everyone with heart disease can benefit from some type of cardiac rehab program. Nobody is too old or too young, and women benefit as much as men. Components of a comprehensive program include exercise training, nutritional counseling, smoking cessation counseling, and stress management. Education on symptom management, medications, and lifestyle changes should be included.

Controlling your risk factors for heart disease can help you lead a healthier life, but your cardiac rehab program needs to be designed for your needs. Make sure your cardiac rehab program works for you. Work with your health care team to design or change services to get the most out of your program. Be sure to ask questions. If you don’t understand the answers, keep asking until you do. It is important to report changes in your feelings or symptoms in order to prevent or lessen any future heart problems.

Take charge of your recovery! No one else can do it for you. The instruction and guidance you receive from your cardiac rehab team will give you the confidence you need to take control.
What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of exercise, education, and psychosocial support for persons with chronic lung disease and their families. A pulmonary rehabilitation program assists people in learning to control the symptoms of lung disease, while working to achieve and maintain their maximal level of independence and functioning in the community, thereby improving their quality of life.

The goals of pulmonary rehabilitation include:

* Reduction of emergency room visits and hospitalizations related to lung disease.
* Reduction of respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath.
* Reversal of anxiety and depression.
* Increased knowledge about pulmonary disease and its management.
* Increased exercise tolerance and performance.
* Enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.
* Increased survival in some patients.
* Return to work for some patients.

For a list of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs in Minnesota check our program directory.