In-Hospital Exercise after Myocardial Infarction

Jack R. Kirschner, Nanette K. Wenger, Mark L. Cohen, Henry S. Sacks, Harry Smith, Thomas C. Chalmers, Erika S. Sivarajan, Robert A. Bruce, Mary Jane Almes

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To the Editor: The role of rehabilitation programs might have been served if the leading article of the August 13 issue* had been titled “In-Hospital Exercise after Myocardial Infarction Demonstrates No Deleterious Effect.” As anyone who is experienced in cardiac rehabilitation knows, the level of exercise in such a program is not meant to improve treadmill performance, and one would be extremely surprised to find any improvement in its performance. My concern about the article was that the widespread publicity given to it through newspapers seemingly debunked the benefits of rehabilitation after myocardial infarction, which I know the article does.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1592-1593
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number26
StatePublished - 24 Dec 1981


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