Exercise training as an essential component of cardiac rehabilitation
- Viviane M Conraads1,
- Johan Denollet2,
- Catherine De Maeyer1,
- Emeline Van Craenenbroeck1,
- Jef Verheyen1,
- Paul Beckers1
- 1Department of Cardiology, Antwerp University Hospital, Edegem, Belgium
- 2Department of Medical Psychology, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
- Correspondence to Professor Viviane M Conraads, Department of Cardiology, Antwerp University Hospital, Wilrijkstraat 10, Edegem 2650, Belgium;
To the Editor we read with interest, but also great concern, the paper by West, et al1 on their multi-centre randomised cardiac rehabilitation study, suggesting negligible results. This study was covered in the Belgian press and already led to questions about further reimbursement of such multi- disciplinary programs.
We agree that re-evaluation of cardiac rehabilitation in the era of early revascularisation and thoroughly changed secondary prevention, is timely.
However, this study does …