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Oxygen

Oxygen is given in the emergency room and sometimes during the hospital stay. It raises the level of oxygen in your blood and may help to decrease damage to the heart after a heart attack.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a structured and monitored program to help you make a better recovery from a heart attack. The program is geared to develop a rehabilitation plan that will help you achieve specific goals within your limits. Components of cardiac rehabilitation include:

  • Education, support, and counseling—A team of healthcare experts will teach you what you need to know about quitting smoking, proper diet, and coping with life after a heart attack. The supportive environment will help you reach your post-recovery goals. Ultimately, taking these steps will reduce your risk of having another heart attack.
  • Exercise—A safe, monitored program to get you started on a regular physical fitness plan. You will slowly build your intensity over time safely.

References:

Acute coronary syndrome. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 31, 2014. Accessed April 10, 2014.

ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 31, 2014. Accessed April 10, 2014.

What is cardiac rehabilitation? American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/CardiacRehab/What-is-Cardiac-Rehabilitation_UCM_307049_Article.jsp. Updated December 10, 2013. Accessed April 10, 2014.

What is cardiac rehabilitation? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/rehab. Updated December 24, 2013. Accessed April 10, 2014.



Last reviewed September 2013 by Michael J. Fucci, DO

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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