Cardiac rehabilitation and secondary preventive services have been well documented to reduce morbidity and mortality. In addition, focusing resources toward lifestyle changes and other secondary prevention therapies through multidisciplinary outpatient cardiac rehabilitation has been shown to improve risk factor management and to reduce costs.

This scientific advisory from the American Heart Association calls on multidisciplinary inpatient and home healthcare teams (physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical therapists, clinical exercise physiologists, registered dieticians, and cardiac rehabilitationteam members) to implement a coordinated effort to promote outpatient cardiac rehabilitation to eligible patients and to facilitate referral and enrollment.