(HealthDay News) -- Cardiac rehabilitation can help strengthen the heart and improve overall health after a heart attack, angioplasty, coronary bypass, heart valve replacement or another heart problem.

The American College of Cardiology says goals of cardiac rehab include:

  • Speeding and improving recovery.
  • Lowering risk factors for heart disease, including diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Encouraging you to make healthy lifestyle changes.
  • Improving your overall health and quality of life.