40 years of cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention in post-cardiac ischaemic patients. Are we still in the wilderness?
Michael V Jelinek, David R Thompson, Chantal Ski, Stephen Bunker, Margarite J Vale
International Journal of Cardiology | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2015
Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is the sum of interventions required to ensure the best physical, psychological and social conditions so that patients with cardiac disease may assume their place in society and slow the progression of the disease. Exercise testing (ET) early after MI has been shown to result in earlier return to work than the non-performance of ET. Research quality CR has resulted in lower cardiovascular mortality and lower recurrent hospitalisation and has been shown to be cost-effective. However, the content of cardiac rehabilitation programmes varies considerably. The only randomised trial of CR as usually performed in the 'real world' showed that CR had no impact on cardiac d..View full abstract