Reasons why cardiac rehab is worth It

After experiencing a heart attack, it's not enough to eat healthier and improve your exercise habits. These are definitely steps in the right direction, but it's important to improve your lifestyle and monitor your health with the assistance of a trained professional.

Benefits of cardiac rehab

The best way to insure a long life after a heart attack is by going to cardiac rehab.

Everything is scientifically tracked

Not only is the electrocardiogram carefully monitored, therapists are also able to detect a patient's blood pressure in association to a certain exercise. This way, your recommended target heart rate is personalized for every exercise machine used.

Potentially save money

Often, problems are detected by therapists before they are noticed by the patient. This way, proactive interventions can be made before it's too late. By paying up front to attend therapy, you can save on potentially costly emergency room visits and diagnostic tests.

Highly trained staff

Staff in the cardiac rehabilitation program are not your average health club employees. All programs have registered nurses, and many have physical therapists, exercise physiologists, registered dietitians, occupational therapists and psychologists that are all specially trained.

Prevention program offered

You don't have to wait for a life-threatening wakeup call to take advantage of cardiac therapy. At the University of Iowa anybody concerned with their heart health can exercise in our program with the benefit of evaluating physiological responses to exercise initially.

Benefits beyond heart health

Going through cardiac rehab results in a healthier lifestyle, due to weight loss, increased muscle tone and strength, decreased blood pressure, decreased insulin resistance, and improved lipids. The program helps you quit smoking, lowers your stress level, and prevents osteoporosis.

Knowing you’re not alone

You get to meet new people, some of whom may have had problems like yours, so you learn that you are not alone in trying to get and stay healthy. At the University of Iowa, patients range in age from 16 to 90. The average age is approximately 60-years-old. 29 percent of patients are women and 71 percent are men.

Last reviewed: 
February 2018

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