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Review: secondary prevention programmes with and without exercise reduced all cause mortality and recurrent myocardial infarction

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Q In patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), what is the effectiveness of secondary prevention programmes with and without exercise components?


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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that were fully published in English, included a usual care group, and reported outcomes for patients with CAD. Exclusion criteria: single modality interventions (except exercise), inpatients, …

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  • For correspondence: Dr F A McAlister, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. finlay.mcalister{at}

  • Source of funding: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.