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Cardiac Rehabilitation Found To Benefit All Age Groups






Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program designed
to improve cardiovascular health in people who have experienced heart attack or
heart failure. A recent study looked at the physical and psychological impact
of an exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program on young, old, and very old
people. The researchers found that the program benefited all age groups, and
that the biggest benefit was seen in people with the greatest physical impairments
at baseline.





Participants in the study included 733 people who had been
referred for cardiac rehabilitation at the Clinique Les Rosiers between January
2015 and September 2017. The participants were divided into 3 subgroups: less
than 65 years old, between 65 and 80 years old, and 80 years or older. All
participants completed a 25-session cardiac rehabilitation program. The researchers
evaluated physical and psychological measurements at baseline and following
cardiac rehabilitation.





All the participants saw significant improvements in exercise
capacity. They also saw significant decreases in anxiety and depression scores.
Participants with the lowest physical scores at baseline benefitted the most
from the exercise program. Patients younger than 65 with high levels of anxiety
and depressed patients over the age of 65 had the highest improvements in
physical performance.





The study was conducted by researchers from the University of
Burgundy Franche-Comté. It was published in the October 2019 issue of the Canadian
Journal of Cardiology
.


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