The obesity epidemic in the United States: role of cardiac rehabilitation

Coron Artery Dis. 2006 May;17(3):227-31. doi: 10.1097/00019501-200605000-00004.


Obesity is an independent risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease. The vast majority of individuals entering into cardiac rehabilitation are overweight. Weight loss has been shown to be helpful in modifying multiple coronary risk factors. Cardiac rehabilitation programs, as secondary prevention centers, need to develop programs to assist participants with meaningful and permanent weight loss.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy
  • Coronary Disease / epidemiology*
  • Coronary Disease / etiology
  • Coronary Disease / prevention & control
  • Coronary Disease / rehabilitation*
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Humans
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / physiopathology
  • Obesity / rehabilitation*
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Weight Loss