Long-term risk factor control after a cardiac rehabilitation programme

Toms, Lorelle V, O'Neil , Maureen E, and Gardner, Anne (2003) Long-term risk factor control after a cardiac rehabilitation programme. Australian Critical Care, 16 (1). pp. 24-28.

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This study examined the hypothesis that Phose II cardiac rehabilitation participants (CRP) had better long-term risk factor control, self-rated perception of health and return to work rates than non-participants (NP) between 18 and 36 months post myocardial infarction (MI). It was a comparative study in a 550 bed hospital. Approximately half of both groups did not achieve a total cholesterol (TC) of 5.5mmol/L or less. Compared with NP, CRP were significantly more likely to hove a TC<=6.5mmol/L (7% vs 28%) (p=O.006). NP with TC>6.5mmol/L were significantly less likely to be on treatment (p=O.002). CRP were more likely to regularly exercise than NP (79% vs 61%) (p=O.038). The success rate for blood pressure targets, return to work rates and self-rated perception of health were similar in both groups. In conclusion, CRP had better long-term control of some risk factors than NP. The study provides comparative longer term patient outcomes after an Australian cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programme and forms the basis for further outcome measurement.

Item ID: 10263
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1036-7314
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Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2010 01:18
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111004 Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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