Cardiac Rehab Participation Important, Yet not Enough Participate
People who have had a
heart attack fare much better after taking part in cardiac rehabilitation, but a
new study has shown that only about half of the patients who should participate
actually do so. Among women and older people, the participation rate was even
The study looked at 1,821
people who had had heart attacks. Only 38 percent of women took part in rehab,
and 32 percent of patients over 70 did so.
Rehab does make a large
difference in survival rates. According to the study, only 5 percent of the
patients who went through rehab died during the first three years after a heart
attack, but 26 percent of the people who did not do a rehab program died
in the same period of time.
Journal of the American College of
Cardiology, September 2004.