Cardiac Rehabilitation After Hospitalization for Acute Coronary Syndrome

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Purpose of Review: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) carries a high burden of morbidity and mortality. Cardiac rehabilitation over the past century has developed as an important tool in treating and preventing future myocardial infarction events in this critical group. We summarize the rationale and literature evidence supporting the use of cardiac rehabilitation and its role in ACS patients, with an emphasis on its impact on outcomes following hospitalization. Recent Findings: Current literature and large-scale reviews and registry analyses provide conflicting data on the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation after ACS, including its impact on mortality, readmission, and quality of life. Summary: Cardiac rehabilitation is an important tool in the management ACS patients. It encompasses not only a graduated exercise regimen but also a holistic approach and is therefore best implemented as a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation strategy including, in addition to exercise regimen, psychosocial counseling, smoking cessation education, medication adherence, nutrition guidance, and other tools for risk modification. Further trials on the role of cardiac rehabilitation after ACS are needed, especially trials examining different cardiac rehabilitation protocols, time period for its implementation after ACS, and optimal program duration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1699-1703
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reports
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2023


  • Acute coronary syndrome
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Disparities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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