Why do I need cardiac rehabilitation?
Post diagnosis of a heart disease, after angioplasty or bypass surgery or after a heart attack, cardiac rehabilitation is necessary for patients to get used to their changed health status, control their symptoms, reverse or retard hardening and narrowing of arteries and reduce risk of further complications.
An ideal cardiac rehabilitation programme should guide patients on the right practices for:
Angioplasty: In angioplasty, stents are placed in the patient’s coronary arteries to remove blockages and widen them. However, just getting this surgery does not guarantee better heart health. High cholesterol, high blood pressure and other diseases will continue to damage your heart. Recovery after angioplasty can be better if a proper cardiac rehabilitation programme is followed. Studies have shown that cardiac rehabilitation increases chances of survival after angioplasty by almost 50%!
So, just undergoing angioplasty is not a solution, a rehabilitation programme for recovery after angioplasty is must.
Bypass surgery: In bypass surgery, a blood vessel from a different part of the body is transplanted to the heart to ‘bypass’ the damaged artery and restore blood flow. However, just getting this surgery done does not guarantee better heart health. High cholesterol, high blood pressure and other diseases will continue to damage your heart. Recovery from bypass surgery should be followed by a cardiac rehabilitation programme for the surgical procedure to be helpful.