Richard D. Zorowitz MD


Cardiac Rehabilitation: Exercise

Exercise is an important part of a cardiac rehabilitation program. Combining exercise with other lifestyle changes, such as eating a balanced diet and stopping smoking, reduces the risk of future heart problems. What kinds of exercise will you do? Riding a stationary bike, walking on a treadmill, and resistance training…

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Emotional Health Benefits

Recovering from a heart problem means not only getting back your physical strength but also getting back your emotional and mental well-being. Having a positive outlook during your recovery and rehabilitation is necessary to help you recover physically, emotionally, and mentally. Remember that you are going to start…

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Hospital Program

Cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) may start while you are in the hospital. The hospital program is one part, or phase, of your cardiac rehab. This phase emphasizes exercise and education. The parts of a hospital program include: A customized exercise program, based on your medical history, clinical condition, and symptoms…

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Medicine and Exercise

If you are in a cardiac rehab program, you are probably taking medicines for your heart and for other health reasons. Some prescribed medicines can change your heart rate, blood pressure, and overall ability to exercise. It’s important for your rehab team to know what medicines you take. Give your rehab team a list of…

Cardiac Rehabilitation: Monitoring Your Body’s Response to Exercise

There are several ways to measure your body’s responses to exercise and other lifestyle changes. You may want to keep track of the following measurements during your exercise sessions at cardiac rehab and at home. Target heart rate Your target heart rate can guide you to how hard you need to exercise so you can get the…