Major EPidemiological cHanges and clInical variableS in paTients undergOing a Program of HEart rehabiLitation after cardiac Surgery - MEPHISTOPHELES

Massimo Baravelli, Anna Picozzi, Andrea Rossi, Paolo Cattaneo, Daniela Imperiale, Maria Cristina Rossi, Cecilia Fantoni, Gaia Vezzaro, Laura Crespi, Monica Bosco, Silvana Borghi, Andrea Ballotta, Lorenzo Menicanti, Francesco Donatelli, Edoardo Gronda, Claudio Anzà

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Background. Recent observational studies show an increase of more complex and critically ill patients referred to Italian cardiac rehabilitation (CR) departments; the exact mechanisms underlying this phenomenon, however, have not been clearly identified. The aim of our study was to evaluate the epidemiological and clinical changes occurred over the last decade in patients hospitalized in CR departments with high admittance rates. Methods. We have retrospectively evaluated all patients admitted between 2002 and 2009 to our division of CR (n = 3340, 1155 female, mean age 66.4 ± 11 years) after recent cardiac surgery. The study population was divided into two homogeneous groups: the four-year period 2002-2005, group A (n = 1614, 540 female, mean age 66.1 ± 10 years) and the four-year period 2006-2009, group B (n = 1726, 615 female, mean age 67.4 ± 11 years). Data were compared using specific indicators of clinical complexity. Results. Patients aged >75 years were more in group B compared to A (26.3 vs 19.8%, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-618
Number of pages8
JournalGiornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011



  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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