During recovery from heart surgery, patients will often be enrolled in a cardiac rehabilitation program. These programs are delivered on an outpatient basis and focus on teaching patients how to adopt healthy habits that may improve their quality of life and prevent future heart attacks or other heart problems. The programs, which are tailored to each patient's needs, can help patients quit smoking and adopt healthier diets. Consultations with specially trained nutritionists are often included. These individuals can help patients plan diets that support their recovery following surgery. Exercise is a major component of cardiac rehabilitation, and patients are supported by personal trainers, physical therapists, and medical staff who teach them how to exercise safely and supervise some of their exercise sessions. Counseling services are also available to help patients cope with and reduce any stress, anxiety, or other mental health concerns they may be experiencing.
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