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WIN 2017

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U.S. Hospital Report How you can keep your heart healthy with A cardiac emergency demands immediate medical action, but there are other steps you can take both before and after heart surgery to maintain and improve your heart health. That's why healthcare providers are offering medically supervised prehab and rehab cardiac programs for patients who have heart disease. "For patients to feel better, rehab is the key," says cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Lazar, affiliated with the Heart & Vascular Institute at UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport, Pa. "There is well-established data showing patients who participate in a structured rehab program following cardiac surgery, coronary intervention or a medically treated heart attack recover quicker—and often to a greater extent—than those who do not." Cardiac prehabilitation programs may deliver similar benefits through intervention before heart surgery, improving physical function, quality of life and longevity after a procedure. Let's take a look at what you can expect from each type of program. By Emily Delzell 12 cardiac rehab and  prehab An ounce of prevention:

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