Acute MI patients benefit from early rehabilitation

May 14, 2013

Starting cardiac rehabilitation sessions within 2 weeks of an acute myocardial infarction is safe and can improve cardiac perfusion and function, according to results of a randomized, controlled study of 46 patients who had residual myocardial ischemia following an MI and percutaneous coronary revascularization.

"Exercise-induced changes in myocardial perfusion and function were associated with an absence of unfavorable left-ventricular remodeling and an improved cardiovascular functional capacity," Dr. Francesco Giallauria said at the European Society of Cardiology annual meeting. He hypothesized that exercise training begun soon after an MI improves myocardial perfusion by inducing coronary vascular adaptation or enhancing development of collateral cardiac vessels.