Cardiac Rehabilitation Post Myocardial Infarction

The Role of Cardiac Rehabilitation in Achieving Optimal Treatment

As far as I know, the designation ‘optimal medical treatment’ was first used by the Clinical Outcomes Utilizing Revascularization and Aggressive Drug Evaluation (COURAGE) trial1 investigators as a synonym for the state-of-the-art measures encompassing drug regime, diet and physical activity recommended by the US guidelines for stable angina and acute coronary syndrome (ACS).

Improving the Quality of Care Following an Acute Cardiac Event - The Role of Cardiac Rehabilitation in the Care Continuum

In this era of healthcare financial reform, there is a growing consensus that treatments should be cost-effective, decrease disability, and improve survival. There is also increasing recognition that healthcare should be co-ordinated among clinicians and care settings, and that patients should be involved in the decision-making process. Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs are ideally situated to help physicians and patients individualize and optimize secondary prevention, as well as decrease disability, across the care continuum.

Cardiac Rehabilitation - An Effective and Comprehensive but Underutilized Program to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in Patients with CVD

Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) refers to coordinated multifaceted interventions designed to optimize a cardiac patient's physical, social, and psychological functioning, with the additional goals of stabilizing, slowing, or even reversing the progression of the underlying atherosclerotic processes, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality.CR is a comprehensive secondary prevention program that currently includes baseline and ongoing patient assessments designed to reduce future cardiovascular risk As a multifaceted treatment program, CR provides in-depth patien