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Cardiac Rehabilitation Services

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Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(8):671-673. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-109-8-671
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Medically supervised physical exercise is the core element of cardiac rehabilitation [1]. Counseling intended to minimize atherosclerotic risk factors and enhance psychosocial and functional status is also offered in many programs. Supervised exercise sessions usually begin during a hospitalization for an acute cardiac event such as myocardial infarction. Exercise supervision then typically resumes after hospital discharge at a frequency, intensity, and duration to be determined on an individual basis, as indicated below. The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to enable the patient to achieve his or her maximal functional capacity, despite a cardiac disorder, and to acquire skills and confidence


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