Features February 2010 Issue

Moral Support a Key Component of Cardiac Rehabilitation

The group setting helps you see you’re not alone and that real physical and mental recovery is possible.

Learning how to modify your diet, exercise more and work with your doctor to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors are the primary goals of cardiac rehabilitation, but there is another critical aspect of the program that can be just as important in your recovery. Moral support in dealing with any challenge can be helpful, but among heart patients, in whom depression and anxiety can be common conditions, addressing mental health recovery is vital, says Mike Crawford, manager of Cleveland Clinic’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. He explains that patients new to cardiac rehab see that they are not alone in dealing with heart disease and witness how dedication to the program can produce visible results in patients just like themselves.

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