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Physicians, such as cardiologists or pulmonary specialists, commonly prescribe an exercise or rehabilitation program for patients who have had surgery, hospitalizations or specific medical issues. These prescriptive programs have traditionally been conducted on-site in offices, hospitals, or rehab facilities and may involve a combination of medication, strength and balance exercises, physical therapy, one-on-one appointments, and monitoring of vital signs.
Compliance with “doctor’s orders” and participation in some type of rehab have been shown to substantially reduce the risk of recurrence or death. Research proves patients who partake in an exercise or rehab program are healthier, less likely to relapse, and more likely to make smarter lifestyle choices.