Alternatives for cardiac rehabilitation patients unable to return to a hospital-based program

Heart Lung. 1993 Jul-Aug;22(4):298-303.


Objective: To determine the effectiveness of a home exercise program using transtelephonic exercise monitoring (TEM).

Design: Prospective, two-group experimental, random assignment.

Setting: Urban centered hospital and surrounding community.

Subjects: Twenty cardiac rehabilitation patients entering a Phase II cardiac rehabilitation program.

Outcome measures: Maximal oxygen consumption, blood pressure, pressure-rate product, workload.

Intervention: Twenty male cardiac patients were randomly enrolled in either a 12-week home- or hospital-based exercise program. Maximal exercise tolerance tests were conducted, before and after exercise intervention, on a computer-driven bicycle ergometer. Subjects trained 3 days per week for 12 weeks on a bicycle ergometer for a maximum of 35 minutes at 75% of maximum heart rate reserve or functional capacity.

Results: Posttraining results showed significant improvement in cardiac function for both groups. Two patients in the TEM group developed new arrhythmias while exercising that required medication changes; however, no medical emergencies arose in either exercise group. Independent Student t test showed no significant difference between groups before or after training.

Conclusions: We conclude that TEM is an effective alternative for the rehabilitation of patients who are unable to return to a hospital-based program.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Heart Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Hemodynamics
  • Home Care Services*
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Physical Endurance
  • Prospective Studies
  • Telemedicine*