Background: Promotion of and adherence to increased physical activity (PA) is an important part of the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD). We hypothesized that individually tailored home-based exercise prescriptions will increase long-term PA and maximal exercise capacity among CAD patients without and with type 2 diabetes (CAD+T2D).
Methods: Physical activity of patients with CAD (n = 44) and CAD+T2D (n = 39), matched by age, sex and ejection fraction, was measured over 5 days with an accelerometer pre- and postexercise prescription. PA was assessed as the average time per day of moderate (METs = 2-5) and high (METs > 5) intensities. Six-month exercise prescriptions were introduced based on individual maximal heart rate reserve.
Results: At the baseline, patients with CAD+T2D engaged in less moderate-intensity PA (2:40 ± 1:23 versus 3:24 ± 1:17 h, P = 0·014) and exhibited a non-significant trend to reduced high-intensity PA (2:08 ± 2:57 versus 5:02 ± 9:19 min, P = 0·091) compared with patients with CAD. High-intensity PA increased markedly in CAD (5:02 ± 9:19 versus 9:59 ± 15:03 min) and patients with CAD+T2D (2:08 ± 2:57 versus 6:14 ± 10:18 min) after exercise prescription (main effect for time P = 0·001). Also maximal exercise capacity increased in both groups (main effect for time P< 0·001).
Conclusion: Patients with CAD with T2D are physically less active than CAD patients without diabetes in their daily life. Individually tailored home-based exercise prescriptions are an effective way to promote more active lifestyles and improve fitness in both patient groups.
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