Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is comprised of medical programs designed to restore the physical and psychological condition of patients who have recently experienced a cardiac event.

Cardiac rehabilitation targets patients who have experienced:

  • Heart failure;
  • Recent heart attack or some other cardiac event;
  • Heart surgery or angioplasty;
  • Arrhythmia or implantation of a pacemaker / defibrillator.

Cardiac-RehabMain aspects of cardiac rehabilitation programs:

  • Medical evaluation
    Medical evaluation and monitoring of a patient is performed to understand his needs and limits. The rehab team designs a customized rehab program to meet the needs of the patient.
  • Physical rehabilitation
    Physical rehabilitation is aimed at the restoration of the patient’s physical capacity. Timely and adequate activation of the patient are performed by means of the early administration of movement therapy, followed by exercise therapy, dosed walking, and at the later stages – controlled and no controlled exercises (exercise bike, treadmill).

According to the WHO recommendations cardiac rehabilitation is divided into three main phases: inpatient, outpatient and home programs. The effectiveness of the whole rehab system depends on the successes obtained at every phase.

1. Inpatient (acute) phase – a member of the rehab team starts working with the patient while he is still in the hospital. This phase may last from one day and up to 14 days, depending on the condition of the patient.

Its main aim is to restore the patient's physical abilities and psychological condition so that he will be prepared to move to the second phase.

The following points are noteworthy:

choosing a rehab program

  • Time and place

    Is the location of the rehab facilities                 convenient for you?
    Is the facility nearby? 
    Do they offer flexible schedules?

  • Is a referral from your doctor required for you to participate in the program?
    If yes, will your referring doctor receive rehab progress reports. 

  • Does the rehab facility provide counseling and education services to your family?
    That is a significant benefit.


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