• NEWS . 04 Nov 2019
  • Knowledge of patient’s previous physical activity can help improve cardiac rehabilitation in ACS

  • To improve uptake and adherence to exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation in adults diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), healthcare professionals should consider previous physical activity levels and tailor this information to optimize physical activity post event.

    Researchers from Scotland, England and Australia performed a systematic review to examine qualitative evidence describing patients' perceptions and experiences that influence how well they become engaged with physical activity during cardiac rehabilitation. This is because it is understood that exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation is an effective therapy to improve quality of life and reduce the risk of hospital readmission for individuals diagnosed with ACS.

    The 12 relevant studies reviewed included a total of 388 participants from six countries. The findings revealed that the self-perceptions of an exercise identity and approach to therapy of previously active individuals can influence engagement in physical activity during cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, communication post event and during cardiac rehabilitation is a source of self-appraisal and creates expectations of cardiac rehabilitation. 

    McHale S, et al. A systematic review and thematic synthesis exploring how a previous experience of physical activity influences engagement with cardiac rehabilitation. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 2019 Oct 15 [Epub ahead of print].