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Exercise training as an essential component of cardiac rehabilitation
  1. Viviane M Conraads1,
  2. Johan Denollet2,
  3. Catherine De Maeyer1,
  4. Emeline Van Craenenbroeck1,
  5. Jef Verheyen1,
  6. Paul Beckers1
  1. 1Department of Cardiology, Antwerp University Hospital, Edegem, Belgium
  2. 2Department of Medical Psychology, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Professor Viviane M Conraads, Department of Cardiology, Antwerp University Hospital, Wilrijkstraat 10, Edegem 2650, Belgium; viviane.conraads{at}

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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 …

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