High-Intensity Interval Training in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Yaoshan Dun, Joshua R. Smith, Suixin Liu, Thomas P. Olson

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Recently, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been recognized as a safe and effective alternative to moderate-intensity continuous training for older patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in cardiac rehabilitation settings in an effort to improve health outcomes. This brief review considers general principles and suggestions for prescription of HIIT for older patients with CVD, specific challenges pertaining to older adults, the physiologic mechanisms by which HIIT contributes to improvements in peak VO2, and the effects of HIIT on cardiovascular health in older patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-487
Number of pages19
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2019


  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Exercise prescription
  • Frailty
  • Interval training
  • Old age
  • Peak oxygen uptake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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