Author(s): Lavie CJ, Milani RV
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Abstract The authors review several studies from the Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute showing the benefits of formal phase II cardiac rehabilitation and exercise training programs in elderly patients with coronary artery disease, including benefits on plasma lipids, obesity indices, exercise capacity, peak oxygen consumption, behavioral characteristics (especially depression), and quality of life. Marked benefits were noted in elderly women and all elderly patients over the age of 75 years. The authors conclude that the therapy has proved to be safe and effective for elderly coronary patients, and that these individuals should be routinely referred to, and vigorously encouraged to attend, cardiac rehabilitation programs following major coronary events.
This article was published in Am J Geriatr Cardiol
and referenced in International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation