Saturday, January 3, 2009

Home as good as hospital for cardiac rehab

"Home-based rehabilitation is no worse than hospital-based programs for helping patients get better after a heart attack or surgery to clear blocked heart arteries, and may be more accessible for patients, research from the UK shows. "Although this study was not designed to show equivalence, the provision of a home-based service alongside the hospital services would provide choice for patients and might improve uptake and adherence in patients who are not willing or able to attend a hospital," Dr. Kate Jolly of the University of Birmingham and her colleagues wrote in the January 2009 issue of the journal Heart. The risk of death is lower among heart patients who participate in exercise-based rehab, but most patients do not complete these programs. Women, older people, and minorities are even less likely to enter these programs and complete them" - Reuters

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