Heart Attack Survivors Are Skipping Cardiac Rehab.
Cardiac rehabilitation--comprising medically supervised education, counseling, and physical fitness training--is recommended after a heart attack. Yet many Americans who survive heart attacks don't take part in cardiac rehabilitation afterwards, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers writing in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Aug. 25, analyzed health survey data from 2013 and 2015. In 2013, just 33.7 percent of 9,490 heart attack survivors entered cardiac rehabilitation after leaving the hospital, and in 2015, the number was only slightly higher, at 35.5 percent. If you opt out of your local program, discuss with your doctor the nutrition and fitness choices that can help preserve your heart health.