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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 903604, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Effects of Community-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation on Body Composition and Physical Function in Individuals with Stable Coronary Artery Disease: 1.6-Year Followup

1Cardiac Rehabilitation Research Laboratory, School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
2Department of Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
3Dunedin Hospital, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

Received 2 April 2013; Accepted 24 May 2013

Academic Editor: Stephen E. Alway

Copyright © 2013 Sandra Mandic et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To examine long-term changes in physical function and body composition in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients participating in ongoing community-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR). Design. Thirty-four individuals ( years; 79% men) participated in this longitudinal observational study. Baseline and follow-up assessments included incremental shuttle walk, short physical performance battery, handgrip strength, chair stands, body composition, last year physical activity, and CR attendance. Results. Participants attended sessions during year followup. A significant increase in 30-second chair stands ( to , ), body weight ( to  kg, ), and body fat ( to %, ) and a decline in handgrip strength ( to kg·f, ) and muscle mass ( to %, ) were observed during followup. There was no significant change in shuttle walk duration. CR attendance was not correlated to observed changes. Conclusions. Elderly CAD patients participating in a maintenance CR program improve lower-body muscle strength but experience a decline in handgrip strength and unfavourable changes in body composition, irrespective of CR attendance.