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Cardiac Rehab Key to Post-Surgery Success

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Cardiac Rehab Key to Post-Surgery Success

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Cardiac Rehab Key to Post-Surgery Success

Cardiac Rehab Key to Post-Surgery Success

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Cardiac rehabilitation helps patients recover faster after heart surgery, and also helps them to avoid further surgery or hospitalization. Many experts say a rehabilitation program of exercise and counseling about nutrition and medication is key to long-term, post-surgery success. NPR's Patricia Neighmond reports.