Exercise has major role in maintaining normal function of our heart by keeping it active. Regular exercise such as walking, jogging or aerobic exercises are highly recommended to keep the heart healthy for a long time. Patients who have undergone treatment for Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) such as heart valve surgery, bypass surgery and heart attack treatment find physical therapy rehabilitation programs intimidating. Lack of awareness of rehabilitation programmes for CVD makes patients sceptical about opting for it. Here is a complete analysis of CR for CVD patients to help you take the right decision.
Why is it necessary?
Heart diseases bring with them a number of functional limitations such as physical weakness, balance problems, reduced stamina induces fatigue even from regular chores such as grocery shopping and inability to climb stairs. The National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation – Annual Statistical Report 2010 observed that around half of patients suffering from CVD are diagnosed with secondary health problems. Around 30% suffer from lumbar pain and arthritis, 21% diabetes and approximately 16% of CVD patients suffer from respiratory diseases including asthma.