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Improved quality of life with cardiac rehabilitation for post-myocardial infarction patients in Korea

Choo, J and Burke, LE and Pyo Hong, K (2007) Improved quality of life with cardiac rehabilitation for post-myocardial infarction patients in Korea. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 6 (3). 166 - 171. ISSN 1474-5151

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Background: Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) has been used as a primary health outcome in cardiac rehabilitation programs (CRP). Aims: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of an 8-week CRP on HRQOL and exercise capacity in myocardial infarction (MI) patients in Korea. Methods: After matching on gender, age, and left ventricular ejection fraction, 60 subjects with a first acute MI were allocated to either a CRP group (n = 31) or a Control group (n = 29). The 8-week CRP included hospital-based, supervised exercise training (three times per week, average intensity of 65% VO2peak) and individual education sessions. The Control group was instructed on a home-based exercise regimen without contact during the 8 weeks. At baseline and 8 weeks, HRQOL was assessed by the Quality of Life Index (QLI)-cardiac version III; exercise capacity by a treadmill test. Results: After adjusting for education level, the overall QLI, health/functioning and psycho/spiritual scores showed greater increases in the CRP group than the Control group (p = .014, p = .016, and p = .036, respectively). We observed significant improvements in VO2peak (p < .0001), anaerobic threshold (p < .0001), and maximal exercise duration (p < .0001) in the CRP group, compared to the Control group. Conclusions: These findings suggest that the Korean CRP can lead to significant improvements in HRQOL outcomes and exercise capacity. © 2006 European Society of Cardiology.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Choo, J
Burke, LElbu100@pitt.eduLBU100
Pyo Hong, K
Date: 1 September 2007
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Volume: 6
Number: 3
Page Range: 166 - 171
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2006.07.004
Schools and Programs: School of Nursing > Nursing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1474-5151
MeSH Headings: Aged; Anaerobic Threshold; Analysis of Variance; Attitude to Health--ethnology; Chi-Square Distribution; Cultural Characteristics; Exercise Test; Exercise Therapy--organization & administration; Female; Humans; Korea; Male; Middle Aged; Myocardial Infarction--ethnology; Myocardial Infarction--metabolism; Myocardial Infarction--rehabilitation; Nursing Methodology Research; Oxygen Consumption; Patient Education as Topic--organization & administration; Program Evaluation; Quality of Life--psychology; Questionnaires; Treatment Outcome; Ventricular Function, Left
PubMed ID: 16931161
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2012 20:41
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2021 11:55


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