Cardiac rehabilitation in Latin America

Claudia Victoria Anchique Santos, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Briseida Benaim, Gerard Burdiat, Rosalia Fernandez Coronado, Graciela Gonzalez, Arthur Herdy, Jose Medina-Inojosa, Claudio Santibañez, Juan E. Uriona Villarroel, Cecilia Zeballos

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This article provides a description of the status of cardiovascular (CV) rehabilitation (CVR) in Latin America (LA) and the potential impact on CV disease in the region. We discuss the insufficient number of CVR programs in the region and describe the components of CVR that are more commonly available, like exercise interventions, medical assessment and patient education. Additionally, we discuss the heterogeneity in other components, like the evaluation of depression, sleep apnea, and smoking cessation programs. Lastly, we provide a brief review on the main characteristics of the health systems of each country regarding access to CVR programs and compare the average cost of CV procedures and treatments with CVR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-275
Number of pages8
JournalProgress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Latin America
  • Prevention
  • South America

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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