Each year, roughly 935,000 Americans will have a coronary event and more than 30% will have a second, and potentially fatal, one. However, there is hope. Cardiac rehabilitation reduces the risk of future cardiac events by stabilizing, slowing or even reversing the progression of cardiovascular disease. Patients with other cardiovascular diseases, such as valve repair and heart failure, also benefit from a cardiac rehabilitation program that includes exercise rehabilitation. Clinical research has shown cardiac rehabilitation reduces mortality by 50 percent compared with those patients who do not participate. Participation in cardiac rehabilitation can also reduce the likelihood of hospital readmissions (for all causes) by 25 percent and the use of medical resources.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CARDIAC REHABILITATION

  • A 25 percent reduction in all-cause mortality rates
  • Decreased mortality at up to five years post-participation
  • Reduction in 10-year all-cause mortality following a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
  • Reduced symptoms, such as angina, dyspnea and fatigue
  • Reduction in nonfatal recurrent myocardial infarction over median follow-up of 12 months
  • Improved health factors, like lipids and blood pressure
  • Increased knowledge about cardiac disease and its management
  • Enhanced ability to perform daily living activities, return to work and engage in leisure activities
  • Improved health related quality of life and psychosocial symptoms

Source: American Heart Association