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Minnesotans who survive heart attacks are skipping rehab, risking their lives

Most Minnesotans who survive heart attacks or other cardiac episodes are skipping rehab, despite its benefits in boosting recovery and reducing mortality.

The Minnesota Department of Health promoted this finding earlier this month to improve on the state's 48% participation rate in cardiac rehabilitation after hospitalization. While the national rate is less than 25%, the goal is 70% and Minnesota won't reach it unless it convinces thousands more people to sign up after heart attacks, heart surgeries and other cardiac events.

"It has a powerful impact on qualify of life and length of life for individuals," said James Peacock, a coauthor and supervisor of the state Health Department's cardiovascular disease unit. "We want to showcase this."


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