Effects of a 12-week mHealth program on peak VO2and physical activity patterns after completing cardiac rehabilitation: A randomized controlled trial
Brian D. Duscha, Lucy W. Piner, Mahesh P. Patel, Karen P. Craig, Morgan Brady, Robert W. McGarrah, Connie Chen, William E. Kraus,
American Heart Journal, Volume 199, 2018, Pages 105-114, ISSN 0002-8703,
Site-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) provides supervised exercise, education and motivation for patients. Graduates of CR have improved exercise tolerance. However, when participation in CR ceases, adherence to regular physical activity often declines, consequently leading to worsening risk factors and clinical events. Therefore, the purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate if a mHealth program could sustain the fitness and physical activity levels gained during CR.