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Revista Colombiana de Cardiología

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BAEZ, Laura P et al. Importance of cardiovascular rehabilitation: experience in the Colombian Cardiovascular Foundation. Rev. Col. Cardiol. [online]. 2006, vol.13, n.2, pp.90-96. ISSN 0120-5633.

Introduction: the programs of cardiovascular rehabilitation constitute a fundamental tool in the integral treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease. Historical relevant data from the Colombian Cardiovascular Foundation Rehabilitation program, as well as the results obtained during its existence, are presented, comparing them to those of other national and international programs. Results: the benefits of the cardiovascular rehabilitation programs referring to the control of risk factors, improvement to exercise tolerance, improvement in the quality of life and morbid-mortality reduction, are confirmed. Conclusions: cardiovascular rehabilitation programs supported by a multidisciplinary team have a positive influence in the improvement of the quality of life of patients who have had a cardiovascular event and have been treated by medical or surgical means.

Keywords : cardiovascular rehabilitation; risk factors; supervised follow-up program.

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