Which rehabilitation programs should be offered to patients with myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack)?

Updated: May 07, 2019
  • Author: A Maziar Zafari, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Referral to a well-structured cardiac rehabilitation program after MI should be considered for all patients, as this will promote patient compliance with the medical regimen and enhance lifestyle changes. In addition, aerobic exercise training within a cardiac rehabilitation program should be offered to patients after MI, with the need for an evaluation of both exercise capacity and exercise-associated risk.

The recommended frequency of regular exercise training is three or more times a week, for at least 30 minutes per session. [1, 2, 118]


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