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Title: Is Exercise Prescription in Cardiac Rehabilitation Influenced by physical capacity or Cardiac Intervention?
Austin Authors: Price, Kym Joanne;Gordon, Brett A;Gray, Kim;Gergely, Kerri;Bird, Stephen Richard;Benson, Amanda Clare
Affiliation: Discipline of Exercise Physiology, La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Discipline of Exercise Sciences, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Physiotherapy, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Health and Medical Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 24-Jan-2019
Date: 2019-01-24
Publication information: Journal of aging and physical activity 2019; online first: 24 January
Abstract: This study investigated the influence of cardiac intervention and physical capacity of individuals attending an Australian outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program on the initial exercise prescription. Eighty-five patients commencing outpatient cardiac rehabilitation at a major metropolitan hospital had their physical capacity assessed by an incremental shuttle walk test, and the initial aerobic exercise intensity and resistance training load prescribed were recorded. Physical capacity was lower in surgical patients than non-surgical patients. While physical capacity was higher in younger compared with older surgical patients, there was no difference between younger and older non-surgical patients. The initial exercise intensity did not differ between surgical and non-surgical patients. This study highlights the importance of pre-program exercise testing to enable exercise prescription to be individualised according to actual physical capacity, rather than symptoms, comorbidities and age, in order to maximise the benefit of cardiac rehabilitation.
DOI: 10.1123/japa.2018-0346
Journal: Journal of aging and physical activity
PubMed URL: 30676215
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Exercise capacity
cardiovascular disease
coronary artery bypass surgery
Risk Factors
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