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Special Issue Title: The impact of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation for Cardiovascular Diseases

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· Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021

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Guest Editor

        Augusto Fusco

        Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus (IRCCS)

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Interests: Rehabilitation; Cardiovascular Reviews; Locomotion; Exercise; Neurmodulation; Motor Imagery

        Dr. Snehil Dixit

        Medical Rehabilitation Sciences, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia

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Interests: Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation diabetes; Diabetic foot; Diabetic wound; Exercise training; Low-level laser therapy; Magnetic therapy; Shortwave diathermy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

    Advances in a correct management of population health, over the past few decades, have led to an unprecedented increase in life expectancy, successfully exceeding 80 years. Most of these progresses largely depend on better diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Long life, however, does not necessary mean better life. In fact, the senescence can be associated to an increase in disability, for the presence of comorbidities impacting the functional autonomy in the daily living.

    The importance of the correct management of CVD and non-cardiovascular comorbidities is now emerging as the new target for clinicians. As well, the cardiovascular rehabilitation (CR), defined as a planned exercise training, risk-factor evaluation, limitation of dangerous habits and behavioural intervention (e.g. physical activity, vocational and nutritional counselling, psychosocial support) has demonstrated to significant improve the cardiorespiratory fitness and quality of life, in most of the CVD. One of the great challenges for implementing more personalized treatments and the clinical decision-making is to evidence the connection among CR and CVD.

Goal of this issue: 

    This special issue is aiming to develop the importance of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, independently by Cardiovascular Diseases, examining:

(1) the impact on epidemiology, pathogenesis and biomarkers of CV rehabilitative interventions and its contribution to the correct management of CVD treatments;

(2) the co-management of concurrent conditions;

(3) the analyses of current evidence with narrative/systematic review and meta-analyses;

(4) the translation of emerging evidence, also by the use of innovative technologies and strategies;

(5) the service continuum of CR: teams, services in clinical settings, the rehabilitative programmes according the FITT principles (frequency, intensity, time, type of exercise);

(6) the targets of CR: the principles guiding the programmes of treatment and the key components, also in terms of International Classification of Functioning, the health continuum and its transition points.

Fusco Augusto

Guest Editor


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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by IMR Press.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $1950. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.


Cardiovascular disease; Cardiovascular rehabilitation; Exercise training; Physical activity

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Cardiac rehabilitation in elderly myocardial infarction survivors: focus on circulatory power
Eduardo Matos Vilela, Ricardo Ladeiras-Lopes, Ana João, Susana Torres, José Ribeiro, Lilibeth Campos, Fátima Miranda, José Pedro Nunes, Madalena Teixeira, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho
Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine    2021, 22 (3): 903-910.   DOI: 10.31083/j.rcm2203097
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Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (EBCR) is paramount after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Older individuals have been reported as having a worse prognosis after an AMI, and some series have reported differences in the functional response to EBCR. The peak circulatory power (CP), a non-invasive parameter, has been described as a surrogate for the cardiac power, showing promising results as a comprehensive measure of the cardiovascular response. Whilst this, data concerning the impact of EBCR on CP, particularly among elderly individuals, remains elusive. To address this issue, an observational, retrospective study including all patients admitted due to an AMI who completed a phase II EBCR programme between 11/2012 and 4/2017, was conducted, with CP being analysed by a symptom-limited cardiopulmonary exercise test. A total of 379 patients, 30% aged ≥65 years-old, were included. CP significantly improved after the EBCR programme (in all patients, as well as in both subgroups). Older patients presented lower CP than their younger counterparts at the beginning and the end of the programme, while presenting smaller improvements (122 ± 540 vs 293 ± 638 mmHg mL/kg/min, p = 0.013). This was maintained after adjusting for several potential confounding factors. A contemporary ECBR programme was associated with significant improvements in CP among AMI patients. Though those aged ≥65 years-old presented smaller improvements in CP than younger individuals, these still presented significant increases in this parameter. These results highlight the importance of EBCR in this challenging higher risk group of patients.
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