Navigation Links
With Cardiac Rehab, More Is Better: Study

Too few heart patients make use of all 36 Medicare-funded sessions, researchers say

MONDAY, Dec. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac rehabilitation sessions for elderly people with heart disease can lower their risk of heart attack and help them live longer, new research finds, but fewer than one in five eligible patients bothers to go.

Researchers looked at medical records of more than 30,000 Medicare patients aged 65 and older who attended at least one cardiac rehabilitation session from 2000 to 2005. The findings: More sessions are better.

"We were not surprised that patients who attended more rehabilitation had better outcomes," sstudy author Bradley G. Hammill said in a statement. "We need to encourage physicians to recommend cardiac rehabilitation to eligible patients, and we need to encourage those patients to attend and stay with it."

But while Medicare will pay for 36 cardiac rehabilitation sessions, about half of those in the study only attended 24 or fewer, said Hammill, senior biostatistician at the Center for Clinical and Genetic Economics at Duke Clinical Research Institute, in Durham, N.C.

Those who attended all 36 sessions had a 12 percent lower risk of heart attack and 14 percent lower risk of death than those who went to 24. The gap was even greater when compared to those who attended 12 sessions or only one.

The rehab programs emphasize education about heart disease, exercise, stress, nutrition and medication use, among other things.

"Unfortunately, use of cardiac rehab is very low," Hammill said. "Under 20 percent of those eligible ever go, and women and minorities go less often than white men. We need to promote cardiac rehab for everyone."

The findings were published in the Dec. 22 issue of Circulation.

More information

Learn more about cardiac rehab from the American Heart Association.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: American Heart Association, press release, Dec. 21, 2009.

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Study finds gender gap persists in cardiac care
2. Cooling may benefit children after cardiac arrest
3. Inhibition of GRK2 is protective against acute cardiac stress injuries
4. Resuscitation and Survival Rates from Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Nearly Double with Comprehensive Treatment Protocol
5. Resuscitation and survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest nearly double
6. New Intra-Arrest Cooling Method May Save More Brains During Cardiac Arrest
7. Sudden Cardiac Death Much More Likely to Strike Men
8. Families Could Benefit From Gene Tests in Sudden Cardiac Death Victims
9. New Research Center to Focus on Cardiac Safety and Innovation
10. New research center to focus on cardiac safety and innovation
11. Top Five International Pharmaceutical Company Awards Comprehensive Cardiac Safety Study to iCardiac
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Brillianteen, ... friendships, and learning in its 65th Anniversary Brillianteen Revue, scheduled for March 4-6, ... , For 65 years, Brillianteen has been a treasured tradition for numerous families ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating ... disorders as a result of the $20,000 raised at the center’s recent ... Golf Club in Eureka, will help individuals who otherwise might not seek treatment ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... An unlikely ... resulting in a way for homeless people to have a more dignified and ... new initiative whereby they are repurposing plastic bags into sleeping mats for the ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Students and parents have something to be thankful ... Create Real Impact awards. California Casualty is proud to support the contest ... distracted and reckless driving, the number one killer of young drivers. , Almost ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Dr. Todd S. ... offer laser services to many of his patients. Dr. Afferica now uses the BIOLASE ... reduce the amount of time the doctor uses other traditional cutting tools, such as ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015  ARKRAY USA ... continues to provide evidence demonstrating the accuracy of its ... Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in ... both the Company,s GLUCOCARD ® 01 meter and ... accuracy requirements. The ability to accurately measure glucose levels ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015  Trovagene, Inc. (NASDAQ: TROV ), a ... Executive Officer Antonius Schuh, Ph.D., is scheduled to present ... Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference. th Annual ... Hotel in New York on ... Schuh will be available for one-on-one meetings during the ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015 USP ... hazardous drug preparations (e.g. pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, ... veterinary technicians). The chapter also covers all entities ... (e.g., pharmacies, hospitals, other healthcare institutions, patient treatment ... --> --> What ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: