I’ve had a stroke. Why do I need cardiac rehab?
Cardiac rehab is not only for people who have had a heart attack. Research shows that cardiac rehab benefits people who have had a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or stroke. This is because the risk factors for heart disease and stroke are the same – both are diseases of the cardiovascular system, or unhealthy blood vessels. Cardiac rehab helps you learn skills to manage your risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, through diet, exercise and medication. If you live a healthier lifestyle, you will feel better and reduce your chance of having a future stroke.
Who is part of the cardiac rehab team?
The team usually includes physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, kinesiologists, dietitians, psychologists and social workers. These professionals works together to support your journey.
How do I join?
Find a cardiac rehab program in your area through the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation directory. A doctor’s referral is generally required.
Having read the information in this section, consider the following:
- Do I know how cardiac rehab can help me?
- Do I qualify for cardiac rehab?