Cardiac rehab helps heart stent survival

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.heart-image 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.

 

UPI.com, 3/18/10

Tags: cardiac rehab, Cardiology, Dr. Randal Thomas, heart stent

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