Cardiac Rehabilitation: An Overview
We know, from the data published by WHO, that cardiovascular diseases can be considered to be the major cause of death. In 1967, for about 50 countries, cardiovascular diseases were responsible for 37% of all deaths; ischemic heart disease (I.H.D.) accounted for about 75% of these deaths, and this is not related to the ageing of the population (1). In spite of a regression in the number of deaths by IHD in USA during the last years (2), and probably in some countries of Europe, the cardio-vascular diseases remain the first cause of death in many countries. This means that all the aspects of the fight against these diseases should be considered: primary prevention, medical and surgical treatment, but also the reduction of the impact of IHD on the patient and on the community. This last approach is the task of Rehabilitation.
KeywordsMyocardial Infarction Secondary Prevention Nuclear Cardiology Cardiac Rehabilitation Coronary Thrombosis
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