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December 2016

Cardiac Rehabilitation After Myocardial Infarction: Unmet Needs and Future Directions

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas
JAMA Cardiol. 2016;1(9):978-979. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2016.3828

Cardiac rehabilitation with exercise was initially recommended to improve patients’ functional capacity and relieve residual angina following acute myocardial infarction (AMI). It subsequently evolved into comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation by incorporating secondary prevention strategies (eg, nutritional, lifestyle, psychosocial, and smoking cessation counseling; risk factor management; and education about medications and compliance).1 Nowadays, referral to comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation is a mainstay management strategy after AMI.1

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