How effective is exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation on mortality, morbidity and health-related quality of life (QOL) in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD)?
There appears to be little difference between exercise alone, or in combination with psychosocial or educational cardiac rehabilitation interventions. There were insufficient data to definitely conclude that exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation improves health-related QOL compared with control. Despite inclusion of more recent trials, the population studied was predominantly male, middle-aged and low risk.
The burden of CHD worldwide is one of concern to patients and healthcare agencies alike. Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation aims to improve health outcomes for people with CHD through either regular exercise alone, or a combination of exercise with education and psychological support.