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A pilot study to investigate the safety of exercise training and testing in cardiac rehabilitation patients

Pepera, G and Bromley, PD and Sandercock, GRH (2013) 'A pilot study to investigate the safety of exercise training and testing in cardiac rehabilitation patients.' British Journal of Cardiology, 20 (2). 78 - ?. ISSN 0969-6113

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Abstract

We conducted a pilot study to evaluate the safety of the shuttle walking test (SWT) and exercise training for cardiac patients in community-based cardiac rehabilitation settings. Overall, 33 cardiac patients were tested (19 males and 14 females, 67 ± 8 years). Eleven cardiac patients (testing group) and 22 cardiac patients (training group) underwent ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring during the SWT and exercise training during a long-term cardiac rehabilitation programme. Frequency of ECG events was reported for the two groups. Chi-square test was performed to determine associations between the incidence of cardiovascular events and poor functional capacity (SWT <450 m). The findings showed only minor events provoked during the SWT or exercise training, and no event-related hospitalisation, syncope episodes or fatality. The most important cardiac event was silent, myocardial ischaemia (testing group: 27.3%; training group: 18%). Poor functional capacity was not associated with the risk of a cardiac event during exercise (testing group: X 2=0, p=0.99, phi=0.24; training group: X2=2.1, p=0.15, phi=-0.42). In conclusion, supervised exercise testing and training are accompanied only by minor cardiovascular events and they can be carried out safely in community-based cardiac rehabilitation settings.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
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Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2015 10:56
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2019 18:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10428

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