Who is it for?
Cardiac rehabilitation programs are appropriate for patients who have had a heart attack; for people who have undergone angioplasty or stenting or open-heart surgery such as coronary artery bypass surgery, valve replacement, or heart transplant; and for people with a diagnosis of angina or heart failure. Insurance coverage for these diagnoses may vary.
There’s no minimum or maximum age limit for participation, and cardiac rehab is effective for all. Cardiac rehabilitation professionals have been specially trained in how to individualize exercise programs based on a participant’s age, level of fitness, other medical conditions, and previous experience with exercise equipment. In fact, the cardiac rehabilitation staff designs personalized education and counseling sessions according to a participant’s unique assessment and needs.