DOING IT BETTER: Promoting cardiac rehabilitation

August 2004 
Volume 34  Number 8
Pages 24 - 24
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    YOUR PATIENT, Mrs. Catanzaro, 74, is recovering from an acute myocardial infarction (MI). After her discharge, will she follow through with a cardiac rehabilitation program? Unless you take action, odds are that she won't. Despite research proving that these programs improve long-term survival and quality of life following an MI, less than half of eligible cardiac patients participate—and women are less likely to take part than men.

    As her nurse, you can encourage her to ask her health care provider for a referral to a cardiac rehabilitation program. The evidence shows that taking part in an interdisciplinary program can help her to become more physically active, reducing the risk of disability, subsequent cardiac events, hospitalization, and death.

    Studies have shown that patients who've had an acute MI or coronary revascularization and those with chronic stable angina can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation ...

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