Cardiac rehabilitation: Evidence for improvement in myocardial perfusion and function

V. Froelicher, D. Jensen, E. Atwood, M. D. McKirnan, K. Gerber, R. Slutsky, A. Battler, W. Ashburn, J. Ross

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Sixteen patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) were studied with rest and exercise thallium scans and gated radionuclide ventriculography before and after 3 to 12 months of exercise training. The 5 patients presented in this report showed improvement in both the ejection fraction and exercise thallium images after training while achieving a higher maximal workload and an equivalent double product. These radionuclide techniques have provided the 1st documentation of improvement in both myocardial perfusion and function in CHD patients after exercise training. A controlled study using advances in imaging technology with patients matched according to postmyocardial infarction time and by the severity of disease is underway to confirm these findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-522
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes


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