After you start a cardiac rehabilitation (rehab) program, you will work with many health professionals. Each will have a specific role in your rehab.
While you are in rehab, make sure to stay in touch with your doctor or other health professionals who can keep track of your progress and health. You will probably keep in close contact with your primary care physician and your cardiologist. Also, be aware of any local rehab programs or support groups.
Remember, everyone's experience is different. A variety of health professionals can help guide you through your treatment.
Understanding your providers' roles
You may need a team of health professionals to help treat your heart condition and manage your treatment plan. This team includes specialists and generalists. You may not need help from all of these providers. But be aware of the different types you may see. When you understand their roles, you can get the most out of their expertise.
This table outlines the types of health professionals who may be involved in your treatment.
Your health care team
Who are they?
What is their role?
When would you see them?
Primary care physician
Family doctor, general practitioner
They manage your medical care.
Regular visits (about 2 to 4 each year)
Heart specialist, including cardiac electrophysiologist
They give specialty medical care for your heart.
Sometimes for regular visits, or whenever your condition changes
Thompson PD (2015). Exercise-based, comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation. In DL Mann et al., eds., Braunwald's Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine, 10th ed., vol. 1, pp. 1015–1020. Philadelphia: Saunders.
Current as of:
January 10, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine John A. McPherson MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology Richard D. Zorowitz MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Review:Rakesh K. Pai MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & John A. McPherson MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology & Richard D. Zorowitz MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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