Cardiac Rehabilitation Team
Following a diagnosis of heart disease, a cardiac event, or surgery or another procedure, you will encounter many health professionals. Each will have a specific role in your cardiac rehabilitation. Whether you have had cardiac surgery or have been diagnosed with a heart condition, a team of specialists will assist you with all of your cardiac needs.
Depending on your diagnosis and planned course of treatment, you will probably be in close contact with many health professionals in the hospital. After you leave the hospital, it is important for you to stay in touch with your doctor or other health professionals who can continue to watch your progress and health status. You will probably keep in close contact with your primary care physician and your cardiologist. You should also be aware of any local rehabilitation (rehab) programs or support groups.
Remember, everybody's experience is different. A variety of health professionals can help guide you through your treatment. And it's best if you are willing to help make sure the treatment fits your experiences.
Understanding your providers' roles
You may need a team of health professionals, including specialists and generalists, to help treat your heart condition and manage your treatment plan. Although you may not require assistance from all of these providers, be aware of the types of professionals that you may encounter. It is important that you understand their roles so you can take advantage of their expertise.
The following table outlines the types of health professionals who may be involved in your treatment.
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