Features May 2007 Issue

Stack the Cardiac Cards In Your Favor with Exercise

If youíve already had a heart attack or undergone bypass surgery, itís a fair bet youíd rather not repeat the experience. The right exercise program can help you reduce your chances of a second cardiac event.

"Only about 20-30 percent of patients eligible for a cardiac rehab program ever follow up with one," says Gordon Blackburn, Ph.D., program director of the Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic. But if youíve had bypass surgery or a heart attack and you donít exercise regularly, you are stacking the deck against yourself.

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