Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
Cardiac rehabilitation is an option for people of all ages and with many forms of heart disease. In particular, you may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation if your medical history includes:
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Chest pain (angina)
- Certain congenital heart diseases
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Angioplasty and stents
- Heart transplant
- Heart valve replacements
Don't let older age hold you back from joining a cardiac rehabilitation program. Even if you're older than 65, you're likely to benefit from cardiac rehabilitation.
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