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  • What is cardiac rehabilitation and how it helps.
    What is Cardiac Rehabilitation Cardiac rehabilitation is an important program for anyone recovering from a heart attack, heart failure, or other heart problem that required surgery or medical care. Cardiac rehabilitation is a supervised program that includes: Physical activity. Education about healthy living, including how to eat healthy, take medicine as prescribed, and quit smoking. Counseling to find ways to relieve stress and improve mental health. A team of people may help you through cardiac rehabilitation, including your health care team, exercise and nutrition specialists, physical therapists, and counselors. How does cardiac rehabilitation help? Cardiac rehabilitation can have many health benefits in both the short and long term, including: Strengthening your heart and body after a heart attack. Relieving symptoms of heart problems, such as chest pain. Building healthier habits such as getting more physical activity, quitting smoking, and eating a heart-healthy diet. A nutritionist or dietitian may work with you to help you limit foods with unhealthy fats and eat more fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Reducing stress. Improving your mood. People are more likely to feel depressed after a heart attack. Cardiac rehabilitation can help prevent or lessen depression.6 Increasing your energy and strength to make daily activities like carrying groceries and climbing stairs easier. Making you more likely to take your prescribed medicines that help lower your risk for future heart problems.6 Preventing future illness and death from heart disease. Studies have found that cardiac rehabilitation decreases the chance that you will die in the 5 years following a heart attack or bypass surgery by about 35%.6 Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • The multiple applications of Cardiac Rehabilitation
    Cardiac rehabilitation is a crucial intervention for individuals who have undergone various heart-related situations, are predisposed to cardiac incidents, or have undergone specific procedures. Its broad applications are: Post-procedural recovery: This includes patients recovering from procedures such as angioplasty, stenting, bypass surgery, valve repair or replacement, or even heart or lung transplants. Disease management: Those diagnosed with conditions like cardiomyopathy, stable angina, coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, peripheral artery disease with claudication, or certain congenital heart diseases. Risk reduction: Individuals with high-risk factors like hypertension, high cholesterol levels, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, or smoking habits. Those with a family history of heart disease can also greatly benefit. Pre-operative preparation: Cardiac rehabilitation can aid in preparing patients for upcoming heart surgeries or treatments that might affect heart function. The multi-pronged approach of cardiac rehab includes: Exercise training: The cornerstone for enhancing physical fitness and decreasing further heart issues. Education and counseling: Teaching patients about heart-friendly lifestyles, promoting smoking cessation, providing diet advice, and helping manage stress to mitigate heart disease progression. Stress management: Essential in cardiac rehab, as stress is a potential heart disease contributor. Nutritional counseling: Guidance about a heart-supportive diet is provided. Weight management: Providing resources for sustainable and healthy weight loss. Medical therapy: Involves medications, procedures, or surgeries (as required) to manage heart disease. Psychological counseling: Addresses depression, anxiety, and other mental conditions commonly found in people with heart disease. The unique, patient-centered design of each cardiac rehabilitation program is supervised by healthcare professionals to ensure safety. Sources: Thompson, P. D. et al. (2007). Placing the Risks Into Perspective. Circulation, 115, 2358–2368. Heran, B. S. et al. (2011). Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation for coronary heart disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (7), CD001800. Lavie, C. J. et al. (2015). Exercise and the Cardiovascular System: Clinical Science and Cardiovascular Outcomes. Circulation Research, 117, 207–219. Balady, G. J. et al. (2007). Core Components of Cardiac Rehabilitation/Secondary Prevention Programs: 2007 Update. Circulation, 115, 2675–2682. Anderson, L. et al. (2015). Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation for Coronary Heart Disease: Cochrane Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Smith, S. C. Jr. et al. (2011). AHA/ACCF Secondary Prevention and Risk Reduction Therapy for Patients With Coronary and Other Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease: 2011 Update. Circulation, 124, 2458–2473.
  • Cardiac rehabilitation drives clear strong health outcomes
    Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) is a crucial component of treatment for patients with coronary heart diseases (CHD). Scientific research and historical data analysis indicate that CR reduces cardiovascular mortality and hospitalization risk, while enhancing patients' quality of life. Recognized by reputable bodies like the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association (AHA), CR has evolved into a recognized secondary prevention model. Research reveals a significant decrease in overall and cardiovascular mortality (20%-25%), and a 38% drop in the risk of recurrent myocardial infarctions. Hospitalization rates due to CAD can even be reduced by up to 18% . In conclusion, CR is a powerful tool in cardiac care, positively impacting health outcomes and improving the quality of life for CHD patients. Sources: Dunlay, S. M. et al. (2014). Participation in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Readmissions and Death After Acute Myocardial Infarction. Am J Med, 127(6), 538–546. Anderson, L. et al. Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation for Coronary Heart Disease: Cochrane Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Li, Y-N. et al. (2021). Effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy-based interventions on health outcomes in patients with coronary heart disease: A meta-analysis. World J Psychiatry, 11(11), 1147–1166. Lavie, C. J. et al. (2015). Exercise and the Cardiovascular System: Clinical Science and Cardiovascular Outcomes. Circulation Research, 117, 207–219. Heart Group, C. et al. (2021). Exercise‐based cardiac rehabilitation for coronary heart disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 2021(11), CD001800.
  • Virtual cardiac rehabilitation produces outcomes comparable to in-person sessions
    Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation (HBCR) offers potential advantages over traditional Center-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation (CBCR) due to its flexibility and accessibility. This model is particularly beneficial for individuals with mobility constraints, demanding schedules, or those living far from a rehab center. Greater adherence to HBCR suggests a potential for more substantial improvements in clinical and behavioral outcomes. The use of technology in HBCR has opened doors to broader patient engagement and enhanced bidirectional communication between patients and healthcare providers. This helps facilitate monitoring of patient safety and program effectiveness, potentially increasing the efficiency of the program and extending its reach to a larger patient population. The core components of HBCR closely mirror those of CBCR, indicating that the fundamental therapeutic approaches remain the same. The main difference lies in the delivery format, with CBCR necessitating in-person patient supervision, while HBCR does not. Consequently, the therapy adapts to accommodate the home setting, yet remains essentially unchanged in content. Current research supports that HBCR may yield outcomes on par with, if not superior to, those of CBCR. The high potential and progressive nature of HBCR meet the evolving needs of patients, reinforcing its position as a future-focused approach to cardiac rehabilitation services. Sources: Anderson L, Sharp GA, Norton RJ, Dalal H, Dean SG, Jolly K, Cowie A, Zawada A, Taylor RS. Home‐based versus centre‐based cardiac rehabilitation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD007130. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007130.pub4. Accessed 17 July 2023. Nkonde-Price C, Reynolds K, Najem M, Yang SJ, Batiste C, Cotter T, Lahti D, Gin N, Funahashi T. Comparison of Home-Based vs Center-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation in Hospitalization, Medication Adherence, and Risk Factor Control Among Patients With Cardiovascular Disease. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Aug 1;5(8):e2228720. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.28720. PMID: 36006642; PMCID: PMC9412228.
  • Kento’s virtual cardiac rehabilitation is based on the latest recommendations and best practices from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and the The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
    Kento's programs are developed by integrating the latest recommendations and best practices from internationally recognized bodies such as the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The methodologies used are substantiated by rigorous scientific research and data, ensuring alignment with globally recognized standards. Incorporation of behavioral science is a key feature of Kento's approach. Behavioral science is demonstrated to significantly mitigate cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, as studies show that altering unhealthy behaviors is instrumental in preventing CVD. Kento's programs also emphasize an intensive and multidisciplinary counseling approach. Multidisciplinary team intervention has been shown to be effective in managing chronic conditions like CVD. It typically involves a coordinated team of health professionals who work together to deliver comprehensive patient care. Personalized recommendations form a significant component of Kento's programs. Personalization in healthcare has been associated with enhanced patient engagement and improved health outcomes. Tailoring treatment plans to individual needs results in better adherence, ultimately leading to superior outcomes. Efficiency is central to Kento's offering, with programs designed to provide an efficient 'dose' of cardiac rehabilitation. A recent study highlighted that an optimal 'dose' of cardiac rehab could result in better health outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease. Sources: Thomas, Randal J., et al. "Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Scientific Statement From the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Cardiology." Circulation, vol. 140, no. 1, 2019, doi:10.1161/CIR.0000000000000663. Medina‐Inojosa, Jose R., et al. "Dose of Cardiac Rehabilitation to Reduce Mortality and Morbidity: A Population‐Based Study." Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 10, 2021, e021356 US Preventive Services Task Force. "Behavioral Counseling Interventions to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement." JAMA, vol. 324, no. 20, 2020, pp. 2069-2075. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.21749

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