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[ACTUAL OBJECTIVES OF CARDIAC REHABILITATION]

VERESS Gábor, BERÉNYI István, SIMON Attila

DECEMBER 20, 2003

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2003;13(08)

[Cardiac rehabilitation programs are performed to decrease the physiologic and psychological effects of cardiac illness, reduce the risk of reinfarction and cardiac symptoms, stabilize the arteriosclerotic process and enhance the psychosocial status of selected cardiac patients. The cardiac rehabilitation intervention should be integrated into multifactorial secondary prevention program involving hospital phase, medical evaluation and adequate oral and interventional treatment, risk factor modification, prescription of exercise training, education and psychosocial counseling. These rehabilitation programs should be followed by long term risk reduction and secondary prevention program directed by the family physicians. On the basis of the review of scientific literature, the authors present the important components of cardiac rehabilitation and address actual objectives like new indications, selection of a professional rehabilitation team, appropriate training programs, counseling and education.]

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