Effects of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise training on peak aerobic capacity and work efficiency in obese patients with coronary artery disease

Am J Cardiol. 1999 May 15;83(10):1477-80, A7. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9149(99)00126-5.


Using cardiopulmonary stress testing in 76 lean and 99 obese coronary patients, we demonstrated significant improvements in both groups for anaerobic threshold, peak aerobic capacity (VO2), peak VO2 corrected for lean body mass, and work efficiency. Although anaerobic threshold and peak VO2 are adequate to describe exercise capacity in lean patients, baseline and post-training data are best exemplified by peak VO2 corrected for lean body mass and work efficiency in obese coronary patients.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Coronary Disease / complications*
  • Coronary Disease / physiopathology
  • Coronary Disease / rehabilitation*
  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Exercise Tolerance
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / complications*
  • Obesity / physiopathology
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Physical Fitness