Comprehensive, multidisciplinary cardiac rehabilitation programs reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. They also improve exercise capacity, atherosclerotic risk markers, quality of life (QOL), and patient adherence to medication and lifestyle recommendations. They are best viewed as aggressive programs of secondary prevention. The multifaceted interventions these programs offer include exercise training, nutrition counseling, cardiovascular risk factor reduction strategies, and psychosocial and vocational support.
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