Author(s): Simms K, Myers C, Adams J, Hartman J, Lindsey C,
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Abstract An exercise test is a valuable tool that should be a part of every patient's assessment before beginning cardiac rehabilitation. We analyzed data from one exercise tolerance test used in a cardiac rehabilitation program among 103 subjects: 65 men with a mean age of 60.5 years and 38 women with a mean age of 62.4 years. Resultsindicated that, after cardiac rehabilitation, subjects had significantimprovementin maximum metabolic equivalents (an increase of 0.9, P < 0.0001), which indicates functional capacity, and an improvement in rate of perceived exertion (decrease of 1 point; not statistically significant), which indicates more tolerance at the same work level. In general, men showed more improvement than women on the various outcome measures. Further, the testing protocolwas shown to be safe. Blood pressure values did not exceed 188/86 mm Hg, and maximum heart rate did not exceed 165 beats per minute. The increased practice of exercise testing before and after cardiac rehabilitation may help expedite the development of a standardized exercise tolerance protocol to optimize patient rehabilitation and recovery and document outcomes for both individual patients and the rehabilitation program as a whole.
This article was published in Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent)
and referenced in International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation