Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation and Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation


Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation

Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation is primarily exercise-based and has shown improvement in risk profile and outcomes, including survival in individuals with known CHD. Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation reduces the chances of being rehospitalized or depressed after a coronary event, and helps patients recover strength and build skills in managing medications and activities. A challenge for Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation is suboptimal referral and participation. Women, minorities, older people, and people with comorbidities are less likely to be referred and/or attend Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR)

The Medicare definition of Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation is “a physician- supervised program that furnishes cardiac rehabilitation services more frequently and often in a more rigorous manner (than Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation).” One of the first Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation programs was developed by Dean Ornish during his ground breaking studies on the effects of lifestyle on CHD. The benefits in terms of risk factor modification and prognosis with Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation are generally superior to Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation, but, both Traditional Cardiac Rehabilitation and Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation are underutilized.

Journal of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilation brings articles in all areas related to on bimonthly basis. The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will be published approximately 15 days after acceptance.

Journal of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation uses the Editorial Tracking System for quality in review process. Editorial Tracking is an online manuscript submission, review and tracking systems used by most of the best open access journals. Review processing is performed by the editorial board members of journal or outside experts; at least two independent reviewers approval followed by editor's approval is required for acceptance of any citable manuscript.

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Editorial Team
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Brussels, Belgium