Accession Number : AD0640969

Title :   CLINICAL AVIATION MEDICINE: A PHYSICAL-CONDITIONING PROGRAM FOR CARDIAC PATIENTS - A PROGRESS REPORT,

Corporate Author : CIVIL AEROMEDICAL INST OKLAHOMA CITY OKLA

Personal Author(s) : Naughton,John ; lategola,Michael T. ; Shanbour,Kamal

Report Date : JUN 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Twenty men with well-documented episodes of myocardial infarction participated in a physical-conditioning program for 3 months or longer during the past 2 years. The activity consisted of intermittent jogging, calesthenics, and competitive games conducted as 1-hour sessions 5 days a week. Average participation by each individual was 3 days a week. Nineteen of the twenty patients returned to full employment; three were hospitalized a total of five times for minor noncardiac complaints; ten have discontinued the program for a variety of reasons and four have been vigorous participants for over a year. Three patients have died; two of presumed recurrent episodes of myocardial infarction and one of suicide. Two deaths have also occurred in an aged-matched group of sedentary cardiac patients during a comparable period of time, but, in addition, they have had four more episodes of myocardial infarction. The results to date indicate that cardiac patients can be physically rehabilitated without fear of jeopardizing their clinical course. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*HEART, PATHOLOGY), (*CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES, THERAPY), EXERCISE(PHYSIOLOGY), PHYSICAL FITNESS, ATHEROSCLEROSIS, BLOOD PRESSURE, MALES, STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE