Cardiac rehabilitation isn't appropriate for everyone who's had heart disease. Your health care team will evaluate your health to make sure you're ready to start a cardiac rehabilitation program.
Rarely, some people suffer injuries, such as strained muscles or sprains, while exercising as a part of cardiac rehabilitation. Your health care team will carefully monitor you while you exercise to lower this risk and will teach you how to avoid injuries when you exercise on your own.
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