Cardiac rehabilitation

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Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) is a supervised program that uses exercise, education, and support to help people recover from a heart attack, heart surgery, or other heart problems. Cardiac rehab programs are medically supervised and individually designed based on a person's needs and overall health.

Cardiac rehab may help you:

  • Have better overall health and a better quality of life.
  • Lower your risk for a heart attack or dying from heart disease.
  • Recover well after surgery.
  • Manage your symptoms.
  • Feel more hopeful and less depressed, stressed, or worried.
  • Have more energy and return to your usual activities.



The Health Encyclopedia contains general health information. Not all treatments or services described are covered benefits for Kaiser Permanente members or offered as services by Kaiser Permanente. For a list of covered benefits, please refer to your Evidence of Coverage or Summary Plan Description. For recommended treatments, please consult with your health care provider.