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Home-based cardiac rehabilitation is as effective as centre-based cardiac rehabilitation among elderly with coronary heart disease: results from a randomised clinical trial

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BACKGROUND:
participation in centre-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is known to reduce morbidity and mortality but participation rates among the elderly are low. Establishing alternative programmes is important, and home-based CR is the predominant alternative. However, no studies have investigated the effect of home-based CR among a group of elderly patients with coronary heart disease with a long-term follow-up.
METHODS:
randomised clinical trial comparing home-based CR with comprehensive centre-based CR among patients = 65 years with coronary heart disease.
RESULTS:
seventy-five patients participated. There were no significant differences in exercise capacity after the intervention between home and centre-based CR. Adjusted mean differences of peak VO2 = 0.9 ml/kg/min (95% CI -0.7, 2.4) and of 6 min walk test = -18.7 m (95% CI -56.4, 18.9). In addition, no differences were found in the secondary outcomes of systolic blood pressure (-0.6 mmHg, 95% CI -11.3, 10.0), LDL cholesterol (0.3 mmol/l, 95% CI -0.04, 0.7), HDL cholesterol (0.2 mmol/l, 95% CI -0.01, 0.3), body composition, proportion of smokers and health-related quality of life. A group of patients who did not have an effect of either programmes were characterised by higher age, living alone and having COPD. At 12 months of follow-up, both groups had a significant decline in exercise capacity.
CONCLUSIONS:
home-based CR is as effective as centre-based CR in improving exercise capacity, risk factor con
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAge and Ageing
Vol/bind40
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)78-85
Antal sider8
ISSN0002-0729
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2011

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