Posted on March 18th, 2010 by
Cardiac rehabilitation is linked with reduced mortality rates for patients who have had stents to treat coronary blockages, U.S. researchers found.
Dr. Randal Thomas, a preventive cardiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found patients who had coronary angioplasty -- stent placement, also known as percutaneous coronary ntervention -- and participated afterward in a cardiac rehabilitation program
had a 45 percent to 47 percent decrease in mortality compared to those who did not participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program.
"Patients need to know that once they've had a coronary artery stent placed, they are not cured," Thomas said in a statement.
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