Monday, January 18, 2010

Cardiac rehab program revitalizes both body, mind (USA)

Cardiac rehab program revitalizes both body, mind (USA)"Getting back to everyday life after a heart attack requires some adjustment. But Jim Doyle of Champaign didn't have to tackle it alone. The eight weeks he spent in cardiac rehab after his November 2008 heart attack boosted not just his physical recovery, but his mental and emotional states as well, he says. "I couldn't imaging going through this experience without the rehab," he says more than a year later. Cardiac rehab is a program of supervised exercise and health education offered by both Provena hospitals in Urbana and Danville and Carle Foundation Hospital/Carle Clinic to help get heart patients back on the road to everyday life. Patients are typically referred to rehab after they've had a heart attack, a heart transplant, coronary bypass surgery or another heart procedure, or to manage chest pain caused by narrowed arteries - News-Gazette

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