To examine the correlation between participation in a cardiac rehabilitation (CR) program and quality of life (QoL).Design:
A prospective study of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD).Methods:
Participants completed questionnaires before and after a 3-month CR program. Patients were surveyed using a cardiac history evaluation and the MacNew Heart Disease Health-Related QoL questionnaire.Findings:
Of those eligible, only 14% of the participants were women and 7% were of Arab ethnicity. Patients' QoL significantly improved following participation.Findings:
Higher level of education was associated with improved QoL. Conversely, cardiac risk factor burden was associated with a decline in QoL. No association was found between cardiac risk stratification, age or religiosity and QoL.Conclusions:
Improved QoL after CR program participation should raise awareness of the significant benefits of CR among healthcare professionals.Clinical relevance:
CR for those patients with CAD should be implemented, with a focus on women and minorities.