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Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Training

Carl J. Lavie, MD, FCCP; Richard V. Milani, MD
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Affiliations: New Orleans, LA 
 ,  Dr. Lavie is Director, Exercise Laboratories, Co-Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention, and Associate Director, Internal Medicine Training Program, Department of Cardiology, Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Milani is Vice-Chairman, Department of Cardiology, Ochsner Clinic.

Correspondence to: Carl J. Lavie, MD, FCCP, Director, Internal Medicine Training Program, Department of Cardiology, 1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121-2483



Chest. 2000;117(1):5-7. doi:10.1378/chest.117.1.5
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We and others14 have demonstrated the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise training programs on coronary risk factors, including lipids, obesity indices, exercise capacity, and adverse psychological factors (especially depression and hostility), as well as significant reductions in hospitalization costs and overall cardiac morbidity and mortality. These benefits have been noted in several subgroups of patients, including elderly, female, and obese patients, those with high or low baseline exercise capacity, as well as diabetic patients.12,511 The report in this issue of CHEST by Dylewicz et al (see page 47) extends these benefits to glucose metabolism and insulin resistance following exercise training in patients after bypass.


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