Fewer than 1/3 of eligible patients participate in cardiac rehabilitation programs

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Fewer than a third of eligible patients participate in cardiac rehabilitation programs, Kaiser Health News and NPR report. Several factors contribute to the low percentage, including high costs, inconvenient locations and busy schedules.

The report notes that Medicare and insurers typically cover the programs for patients who have an MI, undergo CABG, are diagnosed with heart failure or receive a stent.

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