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Cohort study
Postangiography patients who complete cardiac rehabilitation have reduced risk of mortality or hospitalisation compared to non-completers
  1. Rosemary Olive Higgins,
  2. Michael Richard Le Grande
  1. Heart Research Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Rosemary Higgins
    Heart Research Centre, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Box 2137, Post Office, VIC 3050, Australia; rosemary.higgins{at}

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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 …

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  • Competing interests None.