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What characteristics are associated with uptake and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation after an acute MI when rehabilitation is started early?
Any explanatory notes
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Why this is important:- There is wide variation across the UK in style, staffing and resources of cardiac rehabilitation programmes. Participation in cardiac rehabilitation after an acute MI significantly reduces mortality and improves quality of life. However, data from the 2012 Myocardial Infarction National Audit Project (MINAP) highlight that only 44% of all patients take part in cardiac rehabilitation after an MI. This falls far short of the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease (2000) target of more than 85% of people discharged from hospital after an acute MI. National audit data also highlight that patients are waiting on average 53 days to start the exercise component (Phase III) after an acute MI. Early cardiac rehabilitation (defined as attendance at a cardiac rehabilitation orientation appointment within 10 days) significantly improves attendance and is also cost-saving through reduced incidence of unplanned cardiac re-admissions.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Myocardial infarction: cardiac rehabilitation and prevention of further cardiovascular disease
Date issued
November 2013

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 19/12/2013