Current status of cardiac rehabilitation

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2008 Apr 29;51(17):1619-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2008.01.030.


Cardiac rehabilitation is increasingly recognized as an integral component of the continuum of care for patients with cardiovascular disease. Its application is a class I recommendation in most contemporary cardiovascular clinical practice guidelines. Despite the documentation of substantial morbidity and mortality benefits, cardiac rehabilitation services are vastly underutilized. The core components of cardiac rehabilitation have been delineated in detail. Implementation of newly available performance measures offers the potential to enhance referral to, enrollment in, and completion of cardiac rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Coronary Artery Disease / prevention & control*
  • Coronary Artery Disease / rehabilitation*
  • Coronary Artery Disease / surgery
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Male
  • Motor Activity
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • United States