The future is now: a call for action for cardiac telerehabilitation in the COVID-19 pandemic from the secondary prevention and rehabilitation section of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology

Martijn Scherrenberg, Matthias Wilhelm, Dominique Hansen, Heinz Völler, Véronique Cornelissen, Ines Frederix, Hareld Kemps, Paul Dendale (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

The role of comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation is well established in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease and heart failure. Numerous trials have demonstrated both the effectiveness as well as the cost-effectiveness of comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation in improving exercise capacity and quality of life, and in reducing cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. However, the current COVID-19 pandemic has led to closure of many cardiac rehabilitation centres in Europe resulting in many eligible patients unable to participate in the optimisation of secondary prevention and physical performance. This elicits an even louder call for alternatives such as cardiac telerehabilitation to maintain the delivery of the core components of cardiac rehabilitation to cardiovascular disease patients. The present call for action paper gives an update of recent cardiac telerehabilitation studies and provides a practical guide for the setup of a comprehensive cardiac telerehabilitation intervention during the COVID-19 pandemic. This set up could also be relevant to any cardiovascular disease patient not able to visit cardiac rehabilitation centres regularly after the COVID-19 pandemic ceases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-540
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Volume28
Issue number5
Early online date2 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021

Bibliographical note

© The European Society of Cardiology 2020.

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • cardiovascular disease
  • comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation
  • telerehabilitation

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