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Aust Fam Physician. 2008 Jul;37(7):575-7.

Cardiac rehabilitation - reducing hospital readmissions through community based programs.

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  • 1Graduate Entry Medical Program, University of Western Australia. mo_chroi@iinet.net.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Community based cardiac rehabilitation programs have been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease related mortality and morbidity.

METHODS:

An observational study of 954 cardiac patients admitted to Royal Perth Hospital (Western Australia) with a cardiac event and registered in the HeartBeattrade mark cardiac rehabilitation program between October 2000 and December 2005. The primary end point was nonelective readmission for a cardiac condition within 12 months.

RESULTS:

Patients who attended the cardiac rehabilitation program were readmitted less often and spent less time in hospital. The program had a positive effect on women and men equally across a wide range of age groups.

DISCUSSION:

Community based cardiac rehabilitation programs are integral to the management of cardiac patients.

PMID:
18592079
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