References

http://www.hfsa.org - accessed on August 11, 2010

http://www.aacvpr.org - accessed on August 23, 2010

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Cardiac Rehabilitation for Heart Failure Patients
One of the best programs you can attend to help your heart failure and prevent further cardiovascular disease is a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. In the past, Medicare did not pay for heart failure patients to attend, but recent studies have proven the value of this program for persons with heart failure. This program is an outpatient program attended 2-3 times per week for supervised exercise, behavioral risk factor reduction, health education, and personal counseling. If you have a left ventricular ejection fraction of 35% or less and New York Heart Association class II to IV symptoms, and have been treated for heart failure for 6 weeks, then you qualify. Ask your doctor for a referral and get started on this program that is proven to improve your quality of life, increase your ability to walk and do things you want to do, and decrease the chance of needing to be hospitalized.

Lindenfeld MD, Albert NM, Boehmer JP, et al. Executive summary: HFSA 2010 comprehensive heart failure practice guideline. J Card Fail. 2010;16:475-e539