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How Important is Cardiac Rehab for a Patient's Recovery?

by Dr. Rajesh Vedanthan, Cardiology Expert
September 22, 2016

Question: What factors indicate the importance of cardiac rehab as part of a patient’s recovery process?

Answer: Cardiac rehabilitation has substantive benefits, including improvements in cardiovascular mortality,  myocardial infarction, need for revascularization (like stents), and cardiovascular risk factors (like smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol). Cardiac rehabilitation also improves quality of life, reduces depression/anxiety, and reduces apprehension about physical activity, among other benefits.

Dr. Rajesh Vedanthan is Assistant Professor in Medicine (Cardiology) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His area of research interest is global cardiology, global health delivery, capacity-building, and the intersection of health and development. He is also Associate Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai.

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