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Invited Commentary
October 23, 2019

Strengthening the Evidence for Cardiac Rehabilitation Benefits

Author Affiliations
  • 1Preventive Cardiology Division, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
JAMA Cardiol. 2019;4(12):1259-1260. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2019.4077

In 1982, Medicare policies provided for coverage of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) for patients recovering from myocardial infarction or coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) or for those with stable angina.1 This coverage decision was based primarily on evidence that CR provided safe and effective improvements in functional capacity and quality of life in these patients. Little by little, new published studies added additional weight to evidence for CR benefits in patients recovering from myocardial infarction, percutaneous coronary intervention, and CABG, including evidence of significant improvements in cardiovascular risk-factor control2 and medication adherence,3 hospital readmission,4 and mortality5 rates.