Is exercise therapy painful or uncomfortable?
One may feel tired, out of breath, and there may be some sweating. Once on a regular program of exercise, one may not feel as tired as quickly and will not be as short of breath.
Who performs / prescribes the exercise therapy treatment?
The cardiologist will recommend cardiac rehabilitation or exercise therapy. Experienced exercise physiologists or physical therapists carry out the individualized sessions.
How often are exercise sessions recommended?
The individual and his/her exercise physiologist or physical therapist will determine the frequency of sessions, as guided by the referring physician. In general, the treatment consists of moderate to vigorous exercise for at least 45 minutes every day, including three days per week of strength and bone-loading exercises. These exercises may be performed within the formal hospital/clinic setting or at home.
Is exercise therapy risky or dangerous?
The benefits of exercise are indisputable and outweigh the risks. Complications rarely occur, but if they do, the staff is equipped to handle such complications.