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Cardiac rehabilitation 

Cardiac rehabilitation
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Cardiac rehabilitation
Author(s):

Manoj Sivan

, Margaret Phillips

, Ian Baguley

, and Melissa Nott

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198785477.003.0016
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date: 11 July 2020

This chapter covers cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention, including the long-term programme of medical evaluation, exercise, risk factor modification, education, and counselling to limit the physiological and psychological effects of cardiac illness. The chapter opens with a definition of cardiac rehabilitation. The epidemiology of cardiac disease is then covered, and core components of a cardiac rehabilitation programme are described. Assessment, education, risk factor management, and risk factor stratification are all covered, and the benefits and risks involved in cardiac rehabilitation are discussed. The chapter ends with a discussion about maintaining long-term behaviour change in those patients referred to cardiac rehabilitation and prevention.

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