Each year, over 1 million Americans have a coronary event or undergo a cardiac-related procedure that qualifies them for cardiac rehabilitation (CR). Research shows that this medically supervised program can greatly improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. Increasing patient participation from today’s 20 percent to 70 percent could save almost 25,000 lives and prevent about 180,000 hospitalizations annually.
Cardiac rehabilitation lowers the risk of death and health complications for patients who participate and boosts their chances of returning to an active lifestyle. CR also reduces hospital readmissions.
Despite proven health outcomes for patients, and reduced associated hospital readmissions, only a 20% of eligible patients participate in cardiac rehabilitation due to low referral and enrollment rates.