Cardiac Rehab: An Investment You Can Make in You (Video)

Therapy brings positive returns for heart health

Cardiac Rehabilitation

When it comes to heart health, the effort that patients put in to cardiac rehabilitation is returned many times over. Cleveland Clinic’s Section of Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation provides group cardiac rehab classes—which include personalized exercise programs along with education, advice on diet and emotional support—for a variety of cardiac issues.

In this video, Chad Raymond, DO, provides examples of patients who can benefit from the therapy, including those who have had coronary artery bypass surgery, cardiac stents, valve surgery, heart transplants, or chest pain caused by coronary artery disease. The pay off? Studies have found that patients who participate in cardiac rehab live longer and report feeling better.

In fact, when it comes to decreasing cardiovascular risk, even a less formalized program such as regular walking can be beneficial. A recent study found that cardiovascular risk—such as mortality, heart attack or nonfatal stroke—decreased by 8 to 10 percent for every 2,000 steps walked daily.

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  • mercy stillman

    Hello my health hasnt been right since i had a valve replacement and this was nearly 4 yrs ago, i like to find a good place for rehab and i live in london middx would it be a place as your rehab clinics ? as i have had a very high heart beat for the 3rd time now since my operation i want to get fitter can you help please ?

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Mercy – I am not sure of programs in London. However, you should check with your cardiologist or the British Heart Foundation may have information if you contact them. There is contact information at Good luck! betsyRN

      • Debbie Reichert

        I had stents put in about 8 yrs ago…? I had had heartburn and pain for years! They just kept giving me more and more meds…I would go to the ER if it got bad. They would do all the blood work and testa
        ……normal… I would get a pain shot and a GI cocktail and be sent on my way. It happened at work one day…I worked at The VA and am not a vet so was transferred to a civilian hospt. Once again…..pain about a 9 and all the tests normal. New dr asked me to dtay and have stress test in the am. I agreed. That evening I had that indigestion again and asked for a 7 up. The nurse brought in nitro…put it under my tongue. It did help some. She called a rapid response and I was taken to cardiac ICU. In a few hrs I was in the cath lab getting a heart cath. I ended up with 2 stents. One area 85% and another 90% blocked! So I try to tell women to speak up as they may not be as lucky as I. I did not hear anything sbout cardiac rehab…??? Should I have? I am still on Plavix. Crestor and ASA 81mg/ daily. Sny suggestions? I do suffer with bad depression and take meds for that too. Thx

  • crackedup1

    I have a congenital heart defect that was repaired when I was 9.
    As I became older I became very sloppy, poor diet, too much drinking, no regular exercise routine. So I wind up in hospital and I lose some weight, go workout every day, and I get better. No one knows
    How much you benefit from Cardio rehab!

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      Thanks for sharing your story. Cardiac rehab is a great benefit to patients. betsyRN