You survived a heart attack (or maybe you had bypass surgery) and are starting the recovery process. After a traumatic experience, you may be hesitant about resuming daily activities. That’s why it’s important to ask your doctor for a referral to a cardiac rehabilitation program, where you can receive individualized care, attention, and support, so you can take the steps you need to get your life back.
A cardiac rehabilitation program can not only give your recovery a boost, it can also help you get and stay healthier overall, and live longer, even after a heart attack, according to Joyce Oen-Hsiao, MD, a cardiologist and director of Yale New Haven Heart & Vascular Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation services. “Years of research show that these programs can help you live longer, heal faster, avoid another heart event or return trip to the hospital, and provide a host of other important benefits,” Dr. Oen-Hsiao says.