The role of work simulation tests in a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program

Margherita Vona, P. Capodaglio, A. Iannessa, S. Rizzo, V. Carra, T. Iannino, M. De Marchi, V. Ceci

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Background: One of the goals of a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation (CR) program is the patient's return to his or her usual activities. The aims of this paper were to implement an occupational evaluation protocol in a CR and to assess patients' hemodynamic responses and ventricular arrhythmias during work simulation tests. Methods: After an 8-week outpatient CR, 132 patients performed work simulation, lifting (MH-L) and carrying (MH-C) tests. ECG, heart rate and blood pressure were constantly monitored. Results: The comparison of physiological responses during work simulation and a standard exercise testing provided the following results: 1) maximal heart rate, blood pressure and double product values during WS and MH tests were significantly lower (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-34
Number of pages9
JournalMonaldi Archives for Chest Disease - Cardiac Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Functional assessment
  • Return to work
  • Work simulation test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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