Bridging a heart health gap: helping women take the first step to cardiac rehab For people with conditions that affect the heart and circulation, or who have had a cardiac event such as a heart attack, it’s hard to overstate the importance of exercise-based cardiovascular rehabilitation. Although cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Canadian women, and more women than men are eligible for cardiac rehab programs, less than one-quarter of cardiac rehabilitation participants are women.
The mental health benefits of exercise A good workout doesn’t just benefit your physical fitness. Exercise also has a positive effect on mental health, providing benefits that range from improving sleep to easing anxiety.
This month's topic: A gift that keeps on giving: long-term benefits of cardiac rehab The immediate benefits of cardiac rehab are well known: people who complete a supervised, exercise-based cardiovascular rehabilitation program after treatment for a heart condition or an event such as a heart attack or bypass fare better than those who do not – including having lower mortality rates. Now, new research sheds light on longer-term benefits.
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