Preventive Cardiovascular

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation, Improvement in Exercise Capacityᵃ

2020, N = 176

The metabolic equivalent of task (MET) is the ratio of the working metabolic rate to the resting metabolic rate. It has been noted in publications that for patients with stable coronary heart disease each 1-MET increase in functional capacity reduces the risk of mortality by 8% to 35%. An exercise stress test was used to measure improvement in METs.

MET = metabolic equivalent of task

Source: Internal Cleveland Clinic document

ᵃData represent all cardiac rehab patients with entry visit in 2020. Fluctuations in 2020 volumes are a result of significant changes to the number of patients treated, which can be directly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The median improvement in METs in 2020 was 0.6.

Impact of Cardiac Rehabilitation on Systolic Blood Pressureᵃ

2020, N = 176

The median systolic blood pressure for patients entering cardiac rehabilitation was already well controlled. After completing the program, there was a median decrease of 6 mm Hg.

Source: Internal Cleveland Clinic document

ᵃData represent all cardiac rehab patients with entry visit in 2020.

Fluctuations in 2020 volumes are a result of significant changes to the number of patients treated, which can be directly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Impact of Cardiac Rehabilitation on Weightᵃ

2020, N = 176

The median change in weight for patients who completed the cardiac rehabilitation program in 2020 was +0.9 pounds from program entry to exit.

Source: Internal Cleveland Clinic document

ᵃData represent all cardiac rehab patients with entry visit in 2020.

Fluctuations in 2020 volumes are a result of significant changes to the number of patients treated, which can be directly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Impact of Cardiac Rehabilitation on Quality of Life

2019, N = 251

Patients who completed the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in 2019 experienced improvements in their physical and emotional quality of life (21.9%, 5.8%, respectively) . Quality of life is measured using the SF-36® Health Survey. This is a validated measure that tracks overall wellness of patients in cardiac rehabilitation programs.

Internal document: CARD-CLINICAL-PCC-AAA REHAB ROSTERS-2019-2019 GRADUATES.xlsx.

ᵃData represent all cardiac rehab patients with entry visit in the current reported year.