Heart Beat: March 2010

The more exercise-focused cardiac rehabilitation you complete after coronary artery bypass graft surgery or an acute heart attack, the lower your risks will be of subsequent heart attacks and death, according to a large study published online Dec. 21, 2009 in Circulation. Those patients who participated in all 36 Medicare-covered rehab sessions cut their four-year mortality risk by 14 percent compared with those who attended only 24 sessions. The risk reduction for patients who attended all the sessions was nearly 50 percent when compared to patients who attended only one session.
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