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This study will evaluate the effect of a cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programme on blood protein molecules that may improve the function of arteries in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients who have suffered a heart attack. CAD patients who have either agreed or disagreed to take part in a CR programme will be recruited. This will allow a comparison of the study measurements between a group of patients who complete a CR programme and a group of patients who do not.

The other objective of this study is to perform interviews with the study participants and their significant others (i.e. spouse, family member, or a close friend) to listen to the reasons why patients agreed or disagreed to take part in a CR programme.

Clinical Trial Description

An exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programme is an established method of secondary prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD). Moreover, there is a body of evidence that supports the ability of this intervention to reduce hospital readmissions and cardiovascular mortality. However, despite the proven benefit, CR programmes are underutilised worldwide. Moreover, the molecular mechanisms responsible for orchestrating the beneficial physiological adaptations induced by a CR programme are poorly understood.

Therefore, this study will evaluate the effect of a CR programme on novel molecular mechanisms and endothelial function in post-myocardial infarction CAD patients. Additionally, semi-structured interviews will be conducted with study participants and their significant others (i.e. spouse, family member, or a close friend) to explore the reasons why patients may agree or disagree to take part in a CR programme. Altogether, this study will provide physiological and detailed qualitative information that may help to provoke an increased participation in CR programmes. ;

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NCT number NCT03907293
Study type Observational
Source University of Ulster
Contact Gareth Thompson, PhD student
Phone 07714198795
Status Recruiting
Start date February 23, 2019
Completion date December 2, 2019

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