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Supervised exercise and electrocardiographic monitoring during cardiac rehabilitation. Impact on patient care.
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PMID:  8872289     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To determine the frequency of medical problem detection during supervised cardiac rehabilitation exercise, and to assess its impact on patient care alteration. METHODS: Six hundred sixty-six cardiac participants (388 in Phase II and 278 in Phase III) were studied during a 1-year period (1989-1990). The supervisory staff recorded all phone calls made to referring physicians regarding individual patient problems identified during exercise sessions including subsequent alteration in patient care. RESULTS: Overall, 112 of 666 (17%) of the patients had problems detected that prompted calls to referring physicians. There was 0.009 call per patient exercise hour, compared to 0.002 call per patient exercise hour in the Phase II and Phase III patients, respectively, P = .0001. Although Phase II patients had a higher uncorrected arrhythmia call frequency compared to the Phase III patients, arrhythmia call frequency was higher in Phase III patients, when corrected for the number of monitored exercise hours (P = .02). Fifty-five percent of calls resulted in patient care alteration, and telemetry-related calls and nontelemetry-related calls resulted in a similar proportion of patient care alteration. Overall, 11% (73 of 666) of patients had alteration of their care, of which 4% (24 of 666) resulted from telemetry-related calls. Clinical variables between the patients with calls versus the patients with no calls demonstrated that the call group were older, and had a more frequent history of hypertension. CONCLUSION: Medically supervised cardiac rehabilitation with and without telemetry monitoring detects problems that lead to alteration in medical care. Older patients have more problems detected. Medical problem detection may contribute to the beneficial impact of cardiac rehabilitation observed in randomized trials.
P Vongvanich; C N Bairey Merz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0883-9212     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cardiopulm Rehabil     Publication Date:    1996 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-02-05     Completed Date:  1997-02-05     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511296     Medline TA:  J Cardiopulm Rehabil     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  233-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Research Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Angioplasty, Transluminal, Percutaneous Coronary
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis*,  etiology
Coronary Artery Bypass
Electrocardiography, Ambulatory*
Exercise* / physiology
Hypertension / complications
Myocardial Ischemia / complications,  rehabilitation*
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