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Medical News & Perspectives
July 17, 2019

Although Cardiac Rehab Saves Lives, Few Eligible Patients Take Part

JAMA. 2019;322(5):386-388. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.8604

Cardiac rehabilitation reduces the risk of a heart attack, hospitalization, and death in patients with chronic heart failure or a history of myocardial infarction or coronary revascularization. It is endorsed by most cardiovascular societies and covered by Medicare.

And yet, most eligible US patients don’t participate in cardiac rehabilitation at all, let alone complete the recommended 36 1-hour sessions.