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July 8, 1988

Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Video Series

Author Affiliations

Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta

Emory University School of Medicine Atlanta

JAMA. 1988;260(2):271-272. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410020137048

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The appropriate use of technology has enormous potential to improve patients' understanding of their medical (cardiac) problems and the components of their care. The videotape series by Videocare, Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Program, is exemplary in this regard.

Physical activity is increasingly prescribed for coronary patients by their physicians; this includes patients with angina pectoris, those recovering from myocardial infarction, and those who have undergone coronary angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery. Exercise can improve physical work capacity and enhance psychosocial functioning as well. Supervised exercise rehabilitation programs are often either unavailable or inconvenient for many of these patients; for others, costs may limit participation. Our contemporary ability to delineate those coronary patients who can, with reasonable safety, exercise without medical supervision has highlighted several unmet needs. How can these "low-risk" coronary patients be taught about the multifaceted aspects of appropriate and safe cardiac exercise? How can motivation to exercise be provided,