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Heart Lung. 2003 Jul-Aug;32(4):258-65.

Aerobic exercise and the post myocardial infarction patient: a review of the literature.

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Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia.


Meta analyses of randomized controlled tests of cardiac rehabilitation after myocardial infarction demonstrate that regular exercise reduces the risk of overall mortality and cardiovascular mortality. In patients with established coronary artery disease, exercise is associated with improved activity tolerance, modification of risk factors, and improvement in quality of life. Randomized controlled tests demonstrate that whereas older patients after coronary events are substantially less fit than younger patients, they obtain a similar relative improvement of aerobic capacity with a graded conditioning program. However, older adults are enrolled in such programs at a lower rate than other age groups. Despite similar clinical profiles to men, women are less likely to participate in exercise rehabilitation. In this article we discuss the principles of program development, guidelines for monitoring of patients, and facilitation of exercise programs in the Australian context.

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