Cardiac rehabilitation in India

Kushal Madan, Abraham Samuel Babu, Ashish Contractor, Jitendra Pal Singh Sawhney, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Rajeev Gupta

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Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death and disability in India. Moreover, mortality following an acute myocardial infarction is high, which may be due to gaps in secondary prevention in general and a lack of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) services in particular. This review discusses the availability of CR in India, its putative role in reducing adverse outcomes over the long-term and suggests a road map for future research to enhance CR in this country. Currently, there is limited evidence, conducted in India, demonstrating CR efficacy. Moreover, there is currently limited availability of outpatient CR programs in India. Even so, there is consensus that CR is effective and essential in the CVD population. Therefore, efforts are needed to continue CR research in India and facilitate clinical implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-550
Number of pages8
JournalProgress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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