Physical therapy can be used as a preventative measure against risk factors for heart disease. It can also be used to build up cardiovascular health after a person has had cardiac surgery. The goal is to build the patient's endurance to promote independent functioning, or performing daily activities.
In the United States one woman dies every minute from a cardiovascular event. Yet coronary heart disease is still considered by many as a "man's disease." Many women are actually unaware that coronary heart disease is the main killer among women over the age of 65; with their biggest fear usually being breast cancer. Women…