A new study recently published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association gathered information collected from over 30,000 patients age 65 and older who had attended cardiac rehabilitation sessions after experiencing their first heart attack.
The study concluded that the more sessions recovering seniors attended, the better their overall health.
"We were not surprised that patients who attended more rehabilitation had better outcomes," Bradley G. Hammill, the lead author of the study, told Esciencenews.com. "We need to encourage physicians to recommend cardiac rehabilitation to eligible patients, and we need to encourage those patients to attend and stay with it."
According to the website, recovering patients typically attend cardiac rehab two to three times a week for six to eight weeks.
Because cardiac rehab might allow patients to more fully recover from their heart attack, attending sessions might allow active living seniors to continue leading an independent lifestyle.
The news source reports that patients are often referred to cardiac rehabilitation programs after a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery or a heart transplant.