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.
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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.