Adherence and Exercise Capacity Improvements of Patients With Adult Congenital Heart Disease Participating in Cardiac Rehabilitation
Background As the number of adults with congenital heart disease increases because of therapeutic advances, cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is increasingly being used in this population after cardiac procedures or for reduced exercise tolerance. We aim to describe the adherence and exercise capacity improvements of patients with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) in CR. Methods and Results This retrospective study included patients with ACHD in CR at New York University Langone Rusk Rehabilitation from 2013 to 2020. We collected data on patient characteristics, number of sessions attended, and functional testing results. Pre-CR and post-CR metabolic equivalent task, exercise time, and maximal oxygen uptake were assessed. In total, 89 patients with ACHD (mean age, 39.0â€‰years; 54.0% women) participated in CR. Referral indications were reduced exercise tolerance for 42.7% and post-cardiac procedure (transcatheter or surgical) for the remainder. Mean number of sessions attended was 24.2, and 42 participants (47.2%) completed all 36 CR sessions. Among participants who completed the program as well as pre-CR and post-CR functional testing, metabolic equivalent task increased by 1.3 (95% CI, 0.7-1.9; baseline mean, 8.1), exercise time increased by 66.4â€‰seconds (95% CI, 21.4-111.4â€‰seconds; baseline mean, 536.1â€‰seconds), and maximal oxygen uptake increased by 2.5â€‰mL/kg per minute (95% CI, 0.7-4.2â€‰mL/kg per minute; baseline mean, 20.2â€‰mL/kg per minute). Conclusions On average, patients with ACHD who completed CR experienced improvements in exercise capacity. Efforts to increase adherence would allow more patients with ACHD to benefit.
Multi-Disciplinary Collaborative Consensus Guidance Statement on the Assessment and Treatment of Cardiovascular Complications in Patients with Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC)
Rehabilitation Using Mobile Health for Older Adults With Ischemic Heart Disease in the Home Setting (RESILIENT): Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial
BACKGROUND:Participation in ambulatory cardiac rehabilitation remains low, especially among older adults. Although mobile health cardiac rehabilitation (mHealth-CR) provides a novel opportunity to deliver care, age-specific impairments may limit older adults' uptake, and efficacy data are currently lacking. OBJECTIVE:This study aims to describe the design of the rehabilitation using mobile health for older adults with ischemic heart disease in the home setting (RESILIENT) trial. METHODS:RESILIENT is a multicenter randomized clinical trial that is enrolling patients aged â‰¥65 years with ischemic heart disease in a 3:1 ratio to either an intervention (mHealth-CR) or control (usual care) arm, with a target sample size of 400 participants. mHealth-CR consists of a commercially available mobile health software platform coupled with weekly exercise therapist sessions to review progress and set new activity goals. The primary outcome is a change in functional mobility (6-minute walk distance), which is measured at baseline and 3 months. Secondary outcomes are health status, goal attainment, hospital readmission, and mortality. Among intervention participants, engagement with the mHealth-CR platform will be analyzed to understand the characteristics that determine different patterns of use (eg, persistent high engagement and declining engagement). RESULTS:As of December 2021, the RESILIENT trial had enrolled 116 participants. Enrollment is projected to continue until October 2023. The trial results are expected to be reported in 2024. CONCLUSIONS:The RESILIENT trial will generate important evidence about the efficacy of mHealth-CR among older adults in multiple domains and characteristics that determine the sustained use of mHealth-CR. These findings will help design future precision medicine approaches to mobile health implementation in older adults. This knowledge is especially important in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shifted much of health care to a remote, internet-based setting. TRIAL REGISTRATION/BACKGROUND:ClinicalTrials.gov NCT03978130; https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03978130. INTERNATIONAL REGISTERED REPORT IDENTIFIER (IRRID)/UNASSIGNED:DERR1-10.2196/32163.
Multi-Disciplinary Collaborative Consensus Guidance Statement on the Assessment and Treatment of Breathing Discomfort and Respiratory Sequelae in Patients with Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC)
Engagement with mHealth-CR Varies Widely Among Older Adults [Meeting Abstract]
Background: Mobile health cardiac rehabilitation (mHealth-CR) may improve outcomes among older adults with ischemic heart disease, but variable engagement is not yet understood. We therefore analyzed preliminary data from the RESILIENT trial, an ongoing randomized trial of mHealth-CR vs. usual care in patients age >= 65.
Method(s): Data from the first 50 intervention participants were analyzed. Weekly engagement was scored from 0-11 based on exercise completion, therapist communication, video viewing, and BP self-measurement. Participants were classified as high or low engagement based on median engagement scores. Groups were compared by age, sex, social support (living alone), depression (PHQ-8), and Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI).
Result(s): There was widely varying engagement with mHealth-CR that ranged from nearly zero to nearly perfect engagement (Figure). There were no significant differences between high and low engagement groups based on mean age (72.6 vs. 72.8, P=0.8), sex (76% male vs. 80%, P=0.7), living alone (28% vs. 44%, P=0.2), depression (mean 3.9 vs. 4.6, P=0.5), or comorbidity burden (mean 4.4 vs. 4.8, P=0.3), although the sample size was small.
Conclusion(s): Our early findings show wide variation in mHealth-CR engagement among older adults
Response to letter to the editor regarding "Multi-Disciplinary collaborative consensus guidance statement on the assessment and treatment of fatigue in patients with Post-Acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC)" [Letter]
Acceptability of capnography-assisted respiratory therapy: a new mind-body intervention for COPD
Dyspnoea self-management is often suboptimal for patients with COPD. Many patients with COPD experience chronic dyspnoea as distressing and disabling, especially during physical activities. Breathing therapy is a behavioural intervention that targets reducing the distress and impact of dyspnoea on exertion in daily living. Using a qualitative design, we conducted interviews with 14 patients after they participated in a novel mind-body breathing therapy intervention adjunct, capnography-assisted respiratory therapy (CART), combined with outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation. Comprehensive CART consisted of patient-centred biofeedback, tailored breathing exercises, a home exercise programme and motivational interviewing counselling. We assessed participants' perceptions and reported experiences to gauge the acceptability of CART and refine CART based on feedback. Constant comparative analysis was used to identify commonalities and themes. We identified three main themes relating to the acceptability and reported benefits of CART: (1) self-regulating breathing; (2) impact on health; and (3) patient satisfaction. Our findings were used to refine and optimise CART (i.e. its intensity, timing and format) for COPD. By addressing dysfunctional breathing behaviours and dysregulated interoception, CART offers a promising new paradigm for relieving dyspnoea and related anxiety in patients with COPD.
Multidisciplinary collaborative consensus guidance statement on the assessment and treatment of fatigue in postacute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) patients
Demonstrating the vital role of physiatry throughout the health care continuum: Lessons learned from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on inpatient rehabilitation
CARDIAC REHABILITATION IMPROVES FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY IN PATIENTS WITH ADULT CONGENITAL HEART DISEASE [Meeting Abstract]
Background Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is increasingly being prescribed for adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients after cardiac procedures or for reduced exercise tolerance. We aim to describe the functional capacity improvements of ACHD patients in CR. Methods This retrospective study included ACHD patients at NYU Rusk Cardiac Rehabilitation from 2013-2019. We collected data on patient characteristics, number of sessions attended, and exercise testing results. Paired sample t-tests were used to assess for changes between pre- and post-CR exercise time and metabolic equivalents (METs). Results In total, 76 ACHD patients (mean age 38.2 years, 56.6% female, 89.5% moderate or complex conditions by anatomic classification) participated in CR. Referral indication was reduced exercise tolerance for 43.4% and was post-cardiac procedure (transcatheter or surgical) for the remainder. Among 37 patients (48.7%) who finished all 36 CR sessions, complete exercise testing data was available for 29 of them. Exercise time increased by 83.8 seconds (95% CI, 43.9 - 123.8; baseline mean 520.7), METs increased by 1.2 (95% CI, 0.6 - 1.8; baseline mean 8.1), and both parameters increased for 72.4% of these patients. These statistically significant improvements were observed across referral indications. Conclusion On average, CR benefits ACHD patients who complete the program, regardless of referral indication. Efforts to increase CR referral and retention would allow more patients to benefit. [Formula presented]