Who should be on my cardiac rehab team?

Depending on your health condition and where you live, your cardiac rehab team may be made up of a number of specialists. Or it may involve just you, your doctor, and a nurse practitioner. Typically, physicians oversee the programs. Your team may include:

  • your family doctor, also called your primary care physician
  • heart specialists called cardiologists
  • nurses
  • exercise physiologists
  • physical therapists
  • occupational therapists
  • dietitians
  • mental health therapists, such as psychologists

In addition to training in their fields, these healthcare providers have extra training in working with people who have heart disease.

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