Short-term effects of a multi-disciplinary cardiac rehabilitation programme on psychological well-being, exercise capacity and weight in a sample of obese in-patients with coronary heart disease: A practice-level study

Gian Mauro Manzoni, Valentina Villa, Angelo Compare, Gianluca Castelnuovo, Ferruccio Nibbio, Anna Maria Titon, Enrico Molinari, Luca Alessandro Gondoni

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Given that many patients referred to cardiac rehabilitation (CR) are obese, diet therapy, exercise training, nutritional and psychological counselling for both obesity and psychological distress should be included as important components in all CR programmes. In this practice-level, observational study we evaluated the short-term within-group effects of a four-week multi-factorial inpatient CR programme specifically addressed to weight loss, fitness improvement and psychological health increase on 176 obese in-patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). Outcome measures were exercise capacity measured with estimated metabolic equivalents (METs), body mass index (BMI) and psychological well-being (PGWBI). Results show statistically significant improvements in all the PGWBI sub-scales and total score, except in general health (p=0.393). No moderation effects were found for BMI class, age, diabetes and ejection fraction (EF). METs significantly increased by 30.3% (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-189
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011



  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • exercise capacity
  • obesity
  • psychological well-being
  • weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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