William J. (William Jay) Gillespie
Carmen C. Sceppa, Kirk Perry
Date of Award
Master of Science
Department or Academic Unit
Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Department of Exercise Science.
health sciences, rehabilitation and therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiovascular endurance, ejection rraction, exercise, quality of life
Heart - Diseases - Patients - Rehabilitation
This retrospective study examined the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), six-minute walk test (6MWT), and Short Form 12 Health Survey (SF-12) of 50 individuals following a three-month cardiac rehabilitation program. After receiving approval by the two participating institutional review boards, medical records were examined. Men and women between 40 and 75 years of age who had an uncomplicated myocardial infarction in the past four weeks prior to cardiac rehabilitation and a LVEF between 25-45% were included in the study. Participants who had undergone LVEF, 6MWT, and SF-12 measures at both baseline and following the three-month program were only included. The cardiac rehabilitation program included the treadmill, recumbent cycle, upper body resistance training and was performed three times per week, 45-60 minutes per session. There was no statistically significant change in LVEF following the three-month program (pre: 45% and post: 48%) in seven participants. The results of the SF-12, completed by 36 participants, indicated that the physical component scale (PCS) improved significantly after cardiac rehabilitation (pre: 39.4 and post: 44.5), while the mental component score (MCS) did not (pre: 51.5 and post: 54.1). Submaximal exercise endurance, measured by 6MWT, completed by all 50 participants, improved significantly after the program, with an average increase of 15% on the 6MWT. In conclusion, this three-month cardiac rehabilitation program improved exercise endurance and the PCS of the SF-12 of participants after a recent uncomplicated heart attack, but did not significantly change LVEF or the MCS of the SF-12.
Kerry Anne Dinon
Dinon, Kerry Anne, "The effects of a three month cardiac rehabilitation program on cardiovascular endurance, ejection fraction, and quality of life" (2010). Clinical Exercise Physiology Master's Theses. Paper 6. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20000729
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