Can Cardiac Rehabilitation Help?
Take this brief, True/False test, then look below to find the answers.
- After a heart attack or heart surgery, most individuals cannot return to their previous jobs.
- Most heart patients must abandon their favorite recreational and leisure-time activities after having had a heart attack or surgery.
- Heart disease usually prevents patients from resuming normal sexual relations with their partners.
- The trauma of a heart attack and/or surgery leaves most patients permanently depressed, fearful and anxious.
- Patients enrolled in cardiac rehabilitation programs are less likely to die from subsequent heart attacks than other cardiac patients.
The answers to questions 1 through 4 are FALSE! Actually, the great majority of heart patients resume a healthy, normal lifestyle (with their physicians’ approval) and learn to deal with their disease without lasting psychological problems.
Question 5 is TRUE! Research demonstrates an increased survival rate for physically trained cardiac patients who have subsequent heart attacks.