Study shows women less likely than men to participate in cardiac rehab (Dr. Karin Humphries)

Women are less likely than men to participate fully in cardiac rehabilitation programs, which could impede their recovery from heart attacks and heart procedures, say Canadian researchers.

“It is well known that women are referred less, and therefore enroll less, in cardiac rehabilitation, but it was surprising to see that even if they enroll their adherence is less than that of men,” said Dr. Karin H. Humphries from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, who co-authored a related editorial.

“A roughly 4 per cent difference in adherence may seem trivial, but cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to optimize outcomes so an adherence rate of only 64 per cent is worrisome,” Humphries told Reuters Health by e-mail.

Will Boggs reports

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