When most people are first diagnosed with cardiovascular disease (CVD), they are confronted with major lifestyle changes: stop smoking, lose weight, eat better, take medications and exercise. "There is no doubt that lifestyle modification is difficult, because it takes time, education and support," says Mike Crawford, MS, manager of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic. "A good cardiac rehab program provides all of these things. Experts on nutrition, exercise and behavior change will help you understand the CVD process, treatment goals, identify hurdles to your success and help a person find ways to meet their health goals. The rehab staff works closely with each patient, their cardiologist or managing physician."