Friday, August 18

Home cardiac rehab could reduce deaths by more than a third.

According to a new study, military veterans who participated in home-based cardiac rehabilitation were 36% less likely to pass away within four years than those who chose not to participate. Cardiac rehab is a specialized program of education and exercise that can be carried out at home or in a medical facility to assist patients in recovering from heart-related conditions.


The study, which included 1,120 veterans who were found qualified for cardiac rehab, was released on March 7, 2023, in the Journal of the American Heart Association. A technique to enhance blood flow in the heart's arteries, angioplasty, was performed on about half of the patients. Only 490 people (44%) opted to take part in a 12-week home-based rehabilitation program. The program included motivational interview sessions and up to nine coaching calls. A workbook, a health record, a blood pressure monitor, a scale, and (if requested) a stationary bike were also provided to the participants. Each person had assistance from a nurse or exercise physiologist in setting reasonable activity objectives. Over a median follow-up of 4.2 years, participants' death rates were 36% lower than those of non-participants.

Although more convenient than on-site programs, Medicare or the majority of insurance companies do not currently cover home-based cardiac rehab programs.

This research is still being watched

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