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5 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Cardiac Rehabilitation


Every year, nearly one million people in the United States suffer a coronary event, and more than 30 percent will have a second and potentially fatal one. Cardiac rehabilitation can help people who are at risk of heart attacks and strokes make the changes that extend – and improve – their lives.

You Don’t Need to Have Suffered a Heart Attack to Qualify

Cardiac rehabilitation can be recommended by your doctor as part of preventative care for high-risk patients, such as people with heart disease. Because cardiac rehab provides a comprehensive approach to strengthening the heart, cardiac rehabilitation can help people with heart disease and other risk factors avoid heart attacks and strokes in the first place!

Cardiac Rehabilitation is Not a Fancy Word for ‘Exercise’

While exercise is one of the most important components of cardiac rehabilitation, Hoag’s comprehensive program combines carefully monitored progressive physical exercise with risk-factor modification, education and support. While you exercise, your ECG, heart rate, rhythm, and blood pressure are monitored closely. And the program includes appointments with other specialists including registered dieticians to address diet and lifestyle changes.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Is Good for Your Heart – Literally and Figuratively

Hoag’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offers sessions with licensed clinical social workers to address the depression, anxiety or anger that often accompanies cardiac events and diagnoses. The Jeffrey M Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute also offers the cardiac support group, “Heart Matters,” which meets monthly to discuss a variety of emotional issues relating to heart disease.

Not All Cardiac Rehab Programs Are Alike

Ranked in the top 10% in the nation, the Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute at Hoag provides patients with innovative, leading-edge technology and some of the most renowned specialists in the field. That level of excellence extends to our cardiac rehabilitation, which is accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Hoag’s trusted program pairs patients with registered nurses, exercise physiologists, dieticians and licensed clinical social workers to meet each person’s individual needs.

Many Insurance Companies Reimburse Full or Partial Costs of Cardiac Rehab

A physician referral is required to participate. Checking with your insurance carrier is advised prior to starting the program. For further information or to set up a consultation appointment, call 949-764-5594 for our Newport Beach location or 949-557-0150 for Irvine.