217 patients with recent myocardial infarction (male aged from 40 to 67 years) have carried out a supervised rehabilitation program. Taking in account only the physical aspects of the rehabilitation, evaluated by the measure of the total work capacity before, during and after the training program, the authors examine whether the site and extension of the infarction, the age and the value of MWC of each patient before the training have any influence on the results of the rehabilitation procedure. The site and the extension of the infarction have not shown to have any influence on the results of the rehabilitation procedure. On the contrary, they seem to be conditioned by the age and initial level of MWC of each patient. These conditions interact with each other. The subjects aged from 40 to 50 years, with normal initial MWC do not improve significantly their total work capacity. The patients aged from 51 to 67 years, with normal initial MWC show a moderate improvement of their total work capacity after rehabilitation. All the patients with low initial MWC, whatever their class of age may be, show a significant improvement of their total work capacity after rehabilitation. On the bases of these results, the authors underline the importance of the determination of the MWC before the beginning of a supervised rehabilitation program in patients with recent myocardial infarction. The authors propose the general lines of rehabilitation procedures, that may be put into practise, taking in account the actual dearth of cardiac rehabilitation institutions in Italy.
|Translated title of the contribution||Analysis of some factors conditioning the physical aspects of the rehabilitation after myocardial infarction|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia|
|Publication status||Published - 1979|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine