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 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:
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 March 2015 by Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
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