April 10, 1981

Physician-Supervised Exercise Programs in Rehabilitation of Patients With Coronary Heart Disease

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From the Council on Scientific Affairs, American Medical Association, Chicago.

JAMA. 1981;245(14):1463-1466. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310390063026

THE INCREASING interest in physical fitness and awareness of health maintenance on the part of many middle-aged Americans have led to the development of special programs and facilities to meet this demand. The application of these same programs in the rehabilitation of patients with coronary heart disease, while cautious and tentative at first, has become an important development in medical care that has had increasing impact on the management of such patients. The recent scope of the clinical investigations of exercise rehabilitation and the magnitude of the applications that some workers have proposed have led the Council on Scientific Affairs to request three of its advisory panels of experts to report on the state of the art of exercise rehabilitation in this specific form of heart disease.

This intensification of rehabilitation efforts that uses habitual physical exercise as a therapeutic mode, for patients suffering from or at risk of coronary