Cardiac rehabilitation and exercise therapy in the elderly: Should we invest in the aged?

Menezes, Arthur R., Lavie, Carl J., Milani, Richard V., Arena, Ross A. and Church, Timothy S. (2012) Cardiac rehabilitation and exercise therapy in the elderly: Should we invest in the aged?. Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, 9 1: 68-75. doi:10.3724/SP.J.1263.2012.00068


Author Menezes, Arthur R.
Lavie, Carl J.
Milani, Richard V.
Arena, Ross A.
Church, Timothy S.
Title Cardiac rehabilitation and exercise therapy in the elderly: Should we invest in the aged?
Journal name Journal of Geriatric Cardiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1671-5411
Publication date 2012-03
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.3724/SP.J.1263.2012.00068
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 68
End page 75
Total pages 8
Place of publication Beijing, China
Publisher Chinese P L A General Hospital * Institute of Geriatric Cardiology
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death worldwide and becomes increasingly prevalent among patients aged 65 years and older. Elderly patients are at a higher risk for complications and accelerated physical deconditioning after a cardiovascular event, especially compared to their younger counterparts. The last few decades were privy to multiple studies that demonstrated the beneficial effects of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) and exercise therapy on mortality, exercise capacity, psychological risk factors, inflammation, and obesity among patients with CHD. Unfortunately, a significant portion of the available data in this field pertains to younger patients. A viable explanation is that older patients are grossly underrepresented in these programs for multiple reasons starting with the patient and extending to the physician. In this article, we will review the benefits of CR programs among the elderly, as well as some of the barriers that hinder their participation.
Keyword Cardiac rehabilitation
Exercise therapy
Elderly patients
Exercise capacity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published Online: 26 March 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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