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Four-week multidisciplinary cardiac rehabilitation produces similar improvements in exercise capacity and quality of life to a 10-week program.
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PMID:  12576907     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is widely accepted as beneficial for patients with myocardial infarction (MI) and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). A need exists to evaluate how different formats of delivery can best meet CR service demands. METHODS AND RESULTS: Cardiac patients (n = 60) were randomly assigned to either a standard 10-week (30 sessions) or a 4-week (20 sessions) multifactorial rehabilitation program. Patients underwent exercise testing using the Bruce protocol before, immediately after, and then 6 months after CR. Patients also completed the SF-36 quality of life questionnaire and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale at each time point. Compared with pre-CR, exercise time and metabolic equivalents attained were significantly increased, and heart rate significantly decreased both immediately (P<.05) and 6 months after CR (P<.05) in both groups, with no between-group differences. Significant improvements (P<.05) in energy, pain, and general health were reported after CR, and in energy and emotional and social well-being at 6 months after CR. No differences were seen between the groups. CONCLUSIONS: Cardiac rehabilitation after MI and CABG significantly improved exercise capacity and general health and well-being. No significant differences were detected between groups undergoing a 10-week or 4-week course. These preliminary data suggest that shortened courses of CR may be beneficial to cardiac patients and such courses may also facilitate more widespread use of CR.
David Hevey; Angela Brown; Alison Cahill; Helen Newton; Mary Kierns; John Henry Horgan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0883-9212     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiopulm Rehabil     Publication Date:    2003 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-02-10     Completed Date:  2003-05-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511296     Medline TA:  J Cardiopulm Rehabil     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  17-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Angioplasty, Transluminal, Percutaneous Coronary / rehabilitation
Coronary Artery Bypass / rehabilitation
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Exercise Tolerance / physiology*
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / diagnosis,  rehabilitation*
Physical Medicine / methods*
Quality of Life*
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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