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- Victor F. Froelicher, MD, FACC, Director*
- ↵*Address for reprints: Victor F. Froelicher, MD, Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Testing, University Hospital, 225 Dickinson Street, San Diego, California 92103.
The application of exercise in clinical cardiology continues to progress because of research findings. Advances have occurred in the applications, methodology and interpretation of exercise testing. Exercise training has been documented to have a place in the primary prevention of coronary heart disease. In regard to cardiac rehabilitation, both early ambulation and early discharge are safe and beneficial in patients with uncomplicated infarction, and a subsequent exercise program is at least as effective as other interventions. High intensity exercise training in the patient with heart disease may be necessary to cause changes in myocardial perfusion and performance, but it carries an increased risk.
This work was supported by the Special Center Of Research (SCOR), Research Grant HL 17682 awarded to John Ross, MD, by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation