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Rehab After LVAD Implant Makes a Life Saver Even Better

Heart doctors know that cardiac rehab helps restore your strength after a heart attack or heart surgery. In 2014, cardiac rehab was also approved by Medicare for patients with heart failure. But until recently, no one knew about rehab’s specific benefit for patients with newly implanted continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (LVAD). A new study … Read More

Medicare to Cover Rehab for Heart Failure

Medicare recently agreed to expand coverage for the cost of cardiac rehabilitation to more heart patients, including those with heart failure. Cardiac rehabilitation improves outcomes for heart patients, but getting that critical support has proved too costly for some patients with heart failure. Currently, Medicare doesn’t pay for their therapy. It only covers patients who … Read More

For Your Heart’s Sake: How to Love Exercise (Video)

When it comes to cardiac health, no one exercise is right for every heart patient. Whether you are taking part in a formal cardiac rehabilitation program or seeking to prevent a future issue, the key is to find a program that works for you. In this video, Beau Brand, MS, exercise physiologist in Cleveland Clinic’s … Read More

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

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 … Read More

High-Intensity Exercise Not Just for Athletes (Video)

Athletes often advocate high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which involves repeated short bursts of exercise at full capacity punctuated by short rest periods. Now, cardiac rehabilitation experts at Cleveland Clinic are using the same technique to help suitable heart patients. The approach is an alternative to moderate aerobic exercise, which has been demonstrated to reduce the … Read More

How Cardiac Rehab Can Help You—And Your Heart (Video)

Cardiac rehabilitation—which includes a personalized exercise program along with education, advice on diet and emotional support—can serve as a powerful prescription for improved heart health. If you have had cardiac issues and are wondering if you might qualify for a cardiac rehabilitation program, it’s good to keep in mind that there are many conditions beyond … Read More

5 Reasons Senior Heart Patients Need Exercise

Exercise benefits people of all ages, and those with heart conditions are no exception. Adapted from The American Council on Exercise’s top 10 list of reasons seniors should exercise, here are the top five: 1. Optimize heart health Regular, cardiovascular exercise combined with a healthy diet helps prevent heart disease. But you can still benefit … Read More

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Angry Young Men and Heart Disease

When it comes to anger, the heart-brain connection is strong. We know from studies that men who are quick to anger are more likely to develop premature heart disease and five times more likely to have an early heart attack. This was discovered in a 36-year study at John’s Hopkins of more than 1,300 medical … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Heart Failure and Cardiac Rehabilitation

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation? Viviana Navas, MD, interventional cardiologist and heart failure specialist, and David Wolinsky, MD, Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, both of Cleveland Clinic Florida, will answer your questions about this topic during a live webchat Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at noon (ET). … Read More