Postangiography patients who complete cardiac rehabilitation have reduced risk of mortality or hospitalisation compared to non-completers
- Heart Research Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Correspondence to
: Dr Rosemary Higgins
Heart Research Centre, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Box 2137, Post Office, VIC 3050, Australia;
Implications for practice and research
Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) underutilisation remains as a problem and requires action.
CR needs to be funded as a standard component of cardiac care.
Strategies to enhance CR attendance in women and elderly patients need to be tested.
Flexible models of care are needed to enhance the reach of CR services.
CR is a multidisciplinary, multimodal health intervention. CR comprises exercise training, health education, behavioural counselling and self-management support. Programmes provide a springboard for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
This study makes a sound contribution to the body of evidence supporting CR as an integral component of cardiac care. It addresses some limitations …