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Cardiac Rehab Can Boost Survival After Angioplasty, Study Finds
Date:5/16/2011

20 to 30 percent," but post-angioplasty rehab programs weren't covered by Medicare until 2006.

"Cardiac rehabilitation provides physiological and psychological benefits of exercise, improves adherence to preventive therapies and manages the cardiovascular risk factors," said Steinbaum, director of women and heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "In the United States, [the] participation rate is only 25 percent, but clearly as a preventive measure for mortality from heart disease, cardiac rehabilitation as a treatment plan after stent or angioplasty is critical."

The study authors stressed that angioplasty is an important treatment, but not a cure for heart disease. "Cardiac rehabilitation programs are effective at improving recovery, quality of life and long-term survival because they help deliver the lifestyle and medication therapies that have been shown to slow or even reverse the process of heart disease," said Thomas.

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides detailed information on coronary angioplasty.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Suzanne Steinbaum, M.D., spokeswoman, American Heart Association, and director, women and heart disease, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; American Heart Association, news release, May 16, 2011


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