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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John F. Moran, MD (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This third entry in a series covering current issues in cardiac rehabilitation contains chapters on exercise evaluation and training, resistive training, aquatics exercise, and games as aerobic exercise.
Purpose: The authors offer this book to program directors and exercise leaders to provide in-depth information on exercise programs currently available. This is a worthwhile objective. They concentrate on the basics of cardiac rehabilitation in these four areas.
Audience: The book is directed at directors of cardiac rehabilitation as well as the exercise leaders in those programs. However, any cardiologist interested in cardiac rehabilitation would find this a worthwhile manual after a review of the exercise rehabilitation data, which show great benefit to the cardiac patient as well as an estimated 20 percent reduction in total mortality.
Features: The book is well illustrated with line drawings of exercise procedures as well as pictures. Each of the four chapters is well referenced with pertinent articles to allow the reader to obtain more in-depth information. The unique feature of the book is that it puts together these four exercise activities in a succinct manner that can be easily utilized by exercise leaders.
Assessment: This book is a good introduction to the techniques of cardiac rehabilitation. It is important because regular physical activity is now considered a keystone of cardiac rehabilitation and an activity that has produced benefits in patients with coronary heart disease. The book demonstrates a spectrum of exercises for the cardiac patient and shows how far cardiac rehabilitation has come since the 1972 National Exercise and Heart Disease project. This is a welcome addition to the field of cardiac rehabilitation.