Objectives: To determine the exercise habit of patients who completed Phase II cardiac rehabilitation programme (CRP) from July 2002 to October 2003. Methods: Phone survey was conducted with patients who self-reported their exercise pattern. Type, frequency, duration, and intensity of exercise; exercise tolerance (ET) in terms of flight of stairs (FOS) achieved and walking distance on level ground, and pre-programme exercise habit were analysed. Results: Among 120 Phase II graduates, 107 patients responded to the survey. Ninety-five patients (70 males), aged 45-82, reported they did exercise weekly. Forty-six patients (48.4%) did not exercise regularly beforehand. Walking was the most common exercise (66.3%). Light and moderate to vigorous-intensity exercises were performed by 47% and 53% of patients respectively. Exercise < 3 times/week or spent < 30 minutes/session was revealed in 27% of patients. Frequency and duration of exercise were not statistically different between male and female patients. However, patients ≥ 65 years did exercise more often than their younger counterparts (p= 0.018). Regarding ET, 60% and 63% of patients reported that they could walk for > 1 hour on level ground and climb ≥ 6 FOS at a time respectively. Conclusions: Most patients (88.8%) could achieve regular exercise habit after completion of Phase II CRP. However, more than 25% of patients did not practice exercise accordingly to the exercise guidelines. Education and counselling in long-term maintenance of exercise with appropriate frequency, duration and intensity should be emphasised.
Winsome Yee-Man Mak, Wai-Kwong Chan, Sunny Chiu-Sun Yue, Eleanor Yee Wong Chan, Exercise Habit of Cardiac Patients after Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme Journal of the Hong Kong College of Cardiology 2005;13(1) https://doi.org/10.55503/2790-6744.1116