Cardiac rehab myths: Why some patients don’t follow through

U-M Celebrates National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Feb. 14 - 20


If you’ve had heart surgery or another heart-related procedure, cardiac rehab is likely an important part of your recovery. But national statistics reveal only 10 to 20 percent of those eligible for cardiac rehab actually participate in a program.

Here are some of the cardiac rehab myths that often prevent heart patients from following through:

Myth: I’m not sure rehab is safe for me.

Fact: Some patients shy away from rehab because they’re afraid they are not physically ready. The University of Michigan Cardiac Rehabilitation Program begins with a comprehensive screening process that allows us to catch potential health issues early. That means everyone who is deemed eligible to participate has been fully evaluated. Our staff members are fully educated with extensive cardiac care experience and a focus on safe rehab. Continue reading

Cardiac rehab program exceeds expectations

Patient Bob Stephens: "They really cared about my well being"

Bob Stephens

“I can’t give the program a high enough rating,” says patient Bob Stephens of the U-M Preventive Cardiology Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Domino’s Farms.

Bob Stephens thought he knew what he was in for when he began the Preventive Cardiology Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Domino’s Farms, part of the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center. After all, he was no stranger to rehab, having suffered a heart attack years before the stroke he endured in 2012. But the 69-year-old grandfather of five found a completely different kind of rehab facility when he became involved with the U-M program.

“It was a wonderful experience,” he says, noting that his prior rehab facility didn’t come close to the University of Michigan’s program. “The staff at U-M really cared about me — about my well-being. The equipment was taken care of and I was monitored all the time when using it. I can’t give the program a high enough rating,” Bob says.

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