Preventative Cardiology and Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation, Improvement in Exercise Capacityᵃ

2017, N = 228

The metabolic equivalent of task (MET) is the ratio of the working metabolic rate to the resting metabolic rate. Each 1-MET increase in functional capacity reduces the risk of mortality by 8% to 12%. The median predicted reduction in all-cause mortality for patients in the program based on improvement in functional capacity (METs) was approximately 15%. A stress test was used to measure improvement in METs.

ᵃData represent all cardiac rehab patients with entry visit in 2017.

The median improvement in METs in 2017 was 1.2.

Impact of Cardiac Rehabilitation on Systolic Blood Pressureᵃ

2017, N = 228

The median systolic blood pressure for patients entering cardiac rehabilitation was already well controlled. After completing the program, there was a median decrease of 2 mm Hg.

ᵃData represent all cardiac rehab patients with entry visit in 2017.

Impact of Cardiac Rehabilitation on Weightᵃ

2017, N = 228

A total of 228 patients completed the Cardiac Rehabilitation program in 2017. The median change in weight from program entry to exit was +1.3 pounds.

ᵃData represent all cardiac rehab patients with entry visit in 2017.

Impact of Cardiac Rehabilitation on Quality of Life

2017, N = 228

Patients who completed the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in 2017 experienced improvements in their physical and emotional quality of life (11.7, 8.5, 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.