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[A new incentive for cardiac rehabilitation].
Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2015;159(0):A9409
Authors: Brügemann J, Gerds-Ploeger HZ
Only a minority of patients receive cardiac rehabilitation after acute coronary syndrome, coronary bypass grafting or heart valve operation. A recent study published in the European Heart Journal, presents the results from approximately 36,000 patients who participated in a rehabilitation program. It showed a 35% reduction in mortality during 4-year follow-up. Modern cardiac rehabilitation does not only focus on physical training but also includes interactive education, relaxation therapy, coping and self-management. Patients are also encouraged to participate in structural physical activity, which is incorporated into their daily life after the rehabilitation program. From other studies we know that not only is mortality reduced but also quality of life is improved as a result of cardiac rehabilitation. We both strongly recommend and encourage our colleagues to refer their caardiac patients to a multidisciplinary cardiac rehabilitation program.
PMID: 26288140 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]