(HealthDay News) — Cardiac rehabilitation and the importance of physical function should be emphasized among older adults with cardiovascular disease, according to an American Heart Association scientific statement published online March 23 in Circulation.
Daniel E. Forman, MD, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and colleagues address the importance of functional capacity both for the perspective it provides on aggregate health and as a goal of care among older adults with cardiovascular disease.
“When treating cardiac patients in their 70s, 80s, and 90s, health care providers often stress medications and procedures without considering the importance of getting patients back on their feet, which is exactly what cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to do,” Forman said in a statement.
Several authors disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
- Forman DE, Arena R, Boxer R, et al. Prioritizing functional capacity as a principal end point for therapies oriented to older adults with cardiovascular disease. Circulation. 23 March 2017. doi.org/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000483