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After you start a cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) program, you will work with many health professionals.
Each will have a specific role in your rehab.
While you are in rehab, make sure to stay in touch with
your doctor or other health professionals who can keep track of your
progress and health. You will probably keep in close contact with your
primary care physician and your cardiologist. Also, be aware of any
local rehab programs or support groups.
everyone's experience is different. A variety of health professionals can help
guide you through your treatment.
You may need a
team of health professionals to help
treat your heart condition and manage your treatment plan. This team includes specialists and generalists. You may not
need help from all of these providers. But be aware of the different types you may see. When you understand their
roles, you can get the most out of their expertise.
table outlines the types of health professionals who may be involved in your
Who are they?
What is their role?
When would you see them?
Other Works Consulted
Thompson PD (2015). Exercise-based, comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation. In DL Mann et al., eds., Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 10th ed., vol. 1, pp. 1015–1020. Philadelphia: Saunders.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
Current as ofJuly 31, 2015
Current as of:
July 31, 2015
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
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