When you go home after your heart surgery, it is strongly advised that you join a cardiac rehabilitation\u00a0 program. Joining a program can help patients recover to a full and active life after heart surgery.\nAn Outpatient Program Can Help You in These Ways:\n\nExercise helps you to get back energy and strength during recovery. Your exercise program will be tailored to your specific condition, needs, and interests.\nEducation helps you to understand your heart disease. You will learn how to choose a healthy way of life to lower your risk of future heart problems.\n\n#Cardiacrehab programs can help you recover to a full and active life after #heartsurgery. Click To Tweet\nHow Do I Get Started?\nAt your four-week office visit, talk to your surgeon about cardiac rehab. Ask if he or she advises outpatient cardiac rehab for you. If so, ask your surgeon for a cardiac rehab prescription. Then call a cardiac rehab program near you. The hospital’s cardiac rehab staff can help you to find a program in your area.\nWhat Can Exercise Do for Me?\nExercise is vital if you want to heal as fully as you can. Regular exercise increases\u00a0your quality of life. Physical activities like walking, biking, and swimming are a type of exercise called aerobics. Regular aerobic exercise will help your heart pump with less effort. Also, regular aerobic exercise may help to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, manage\u00a0weight loss, control blood sugar, and give an overall sense of well-being. You need to take part in aerobic activity for at least 30 to 60 minutes each day to help.\nYour rate of progress will depend on things such as your age, how active you were before surgery, and any other illness or limits you may have.\nWhat Type of Exercise Should I Do?\nYou will be given an exercise plan if you are going home after you leave the hospital. The cardiac rehab staff will outline the home exercise plan for your specific needs. It will be based on your age, your health, and your activity level before surgery and your progress after surgery.\nTo learn more about heart surgery at UPMC, check out our What to Expect: Heart Surgery booklet.