Health benefits of cardiac rehabilitation

The many benefits of cardiac rehab include:

  • Lower risk of fatal heart attack.
  • Decreased severity of angina and decreased need for medicines to control angina.
  • Reduced need for hospitalization because of heart problems. Costs for doctor visits and hospitalizations are reduced by 35% for those who participate in cardiac rehab. Visits to the emergency room are also reduced.
  • Decreased blood pressure.
  • Reduced shortness of breath and fatigue in people with heart failure.
  • Ability to exercise longer (increased exercise tolerance).
  • Lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • Decreased emotional stress, depression, and anxiety.
  • Significant weight loss when exercise is combined with other changes in lifestyle, such as eating a balanced diet.

Last Updated: October 8, 2008

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