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High-intensity interval training in hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation

High-intensity interval training in hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation

Project Overview

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disease burden in Australia. A third of all heart attacks are repeat events and in 2010 the estimated cost of these repeat events was $613 million.

International guidelines recognise high-intensity interval training (HIIT) as an appropriate and efficient adjunct to moderate-intensity exercise in cardiac rehabilitation but stipulate that further investigation on feasibility, safety, and adherence to HIIT is still warranted.

This study compared 12 months of HIIT with usual care moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT) on feasibility, safety, adherence, and efficacy for improving cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2peak) in a real-world cardiac rehabilitation setting. 

 

Patients Required

Completion

June 2019

Total Patients Required

93

Study Location

Wesley Hospital

Project Aim

This project aims to investigate if a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program offers greater improvements than moderate-intensity continuous exercise, for intra-abdominal fat, fitness, inflammation, cardiovascular risk factors, and exercise adherence.

The project will also investigate whether HIIT can be successfully integrated into a hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation program as a practical and safe alternative to moderate-intensity exercise. 

Project Impact

If successful, this trial could lead to the development of a protocol to guide cardiac rehabilitation programs on how to incorporate High-Intensity Interval Training as a standard exercise option for patients.

Read more about HIIT trial here >> 

Researchers

Jenna Taylor
Exercise Physiologist & Lead Researcher

This trial will influence cardiac rehabilitation programs in future through incorporating High-Intensity Interval Training as a standard exercise option for patients.

Jenna Taylor, Lead Researcher

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