Current status of cardiac rehabilitation in Chile

Claudio Santibáñez, Carmen Pérez-Terzic, Francisco López-Jiménez, Mery Cortés-Bergoderi, Marí Virginia Araya, Gerard Burdiat

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Background: Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs play an important role in the control and prevention of new cardiac events. Aim: A survey was performed to evaluate the current situation of CR programs in Chile. Material and Methods: A questionnaire evaluating the structure of rehabilitation centers, characteristics of the rehabilitation programs and patients, management of risk factors, reimbursement methods, human resources and potential barriers for an efficient rehabilitation, was mailed to centers dedicated to CR in Chile. Results: Eight centers were contacted and seven responded. Coronary heart disease is the most common underlying disease of attended patients and CR is carried out mainly during phases II and III. All CR centers perform an initial assessment, stratify patients, plan and provide tips on physical activity and nutrition. Only three centers provide help to quit smoking. Lipid profile and blood sugar are assessed in 62% of centers. Most practitioners involved are cardiologists, nurses, physiotherapists and nutritionists, all trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The main barrier for their development is the lack of patient referral from practitioners. Conclusions: Despite the recognized value of CR in the care of patients after a cardiac event, this study reveals the need for further development of such programs and improvement of patient referrals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-568
Number of pages8
JournalRevista medica de Chile
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Cardiac
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Rehabilitation
  • Secondary prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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