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When do Doctors Recommend Cardiac Rehabilitation?

by Dr. Rajesh Vedanthan, Cardiology Expert
May 27, 2016

Question: Under what circumstances is cardiac rehabilitation suitable?

Answer: In general, cardiac rehabilitation is indicated in four different circumstances:

1) medically treated coronary artery disease ("stable angina" within 12 months of diagnosis)

2) after having had a percutaneous intervention ("stenting" within the past 6 months)

3) cardiovascular surgery in the past 6 months (bypass surgery, valve surgery, heart transplant, aorta surgery)

4) heart failure.

Dr. Rajesh Vedanthan is Associate 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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