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Cardiac diseases are some of the leading causes of death around the world, and understanding the signs and symptoms of heart disease can be a big challenge. For those who suffer from heart disease, cardiac rehabilitation improves health and physical performance for those at risk.

Many, however, remain uneducated about the severity of heart diseases. Cardiac Rehabilitation Week aims to change those statistics by teaching people about healthier lifestyles and how to better manage heart disease.

History of Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

Founded by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), Cardiac Rehabilitation Week focuses people’s attention on cardiac rehabilitation and its benefits. Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) aims to reduce mortality and disability from cardiac and pulmonary disease through avenues such as education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and management.

AACVPR focuses on these efforts by publishing numerous journals researching cardiac diseases and offers various learning programs that can certify people in leadership training and get better resources for understanding those diseases. AACVPR founded this holiday to also help patients in hospitals to celebrate their recovery and make better life choices regarding their health.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week is celebrated in hospitals and medical centers all over the whole in many different ways. Some centers take the time to create fun activities during the week in hopes of better recovery. Others play trivia, dress up, open houses, and charity fundraisers to encourage people to learn more about cardiac diseases.

Education becomes vital during this time so that people that have cardiac diseases can recover easier and learn more about what they can do for their health and well-being. Thus, many organizations and medical centers celebrate this week as a way to change people’s lives for the better through numerous activities and events.

How to Celebrate Cardiac Rehabilitation Week

Celebrate National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week by helping others pay attention to the role of cardiac rehabilitation and how it can help prevent the effects of heart disease. If you work for a medical center, plan with your PR and co-workers for the week by making each day active and educational for your patients.

Give out healthy snacks, celebrate the progress made in heart recovery for your patients, and make each day educational and fun. Share this holiday using the hashtag #CardiacRehabilitationWeek on social media to let your friends and family know about the effects of heart disease and ways they can prevent it.