Cardiac Rehabilitation is a program that helps individuals who have heart disease improve their health by making changes to their lifestyle. Lifestyle changes that are encouraged and educated on include exercise training, education in heart-healthy living, and counseling to cope with emotions and stress.
The program is run by a team of healthcare providers who are specially trained to treat people with heart disease. It often takes place in a group setting, which offers support from others.
National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week was initiated by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) to focus national attention on cardiac rehabilitation’s contribution to the improvement of the health and physical performance of individuals at risk for heart disease and/or those individuals diagnosed with heart disease or dysfunction.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Week coincides with both Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month in an effort to draw greater national attention to heart health. This year’s theme, “New Start Better Heart,” honors the patients, families, and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to giving cardiac rehabilitation patients a new start.