Digital Technologies in Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association

Jessica R. Golbus, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Ana Barac, William K. Cornwell, Patrick Dunn, Daniel E. Forman, Seth S. Martin, Erica N. Schorr, Marta Supervia

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Cardiac rehabilitation has strong evidence of benefit across many cardiovascular conditions but is underused. Even for those patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation, there is the potential to better support them in improving behaviors known to promote optimal cardiovascular health and in sustaining those behaviors over time. Digital technology has the potential to address many of the challenges of traditional center-based cardiac rehabilitation and to augment care delivery. This American Heart Association science advisory was assembled to guide the development and implementation of digital cardiac rehabilitation interventions that can be translated effectively into clinical care, improve health outcomes, and promote health equity. This advisory thus describes the individual digital components that can be delivered in isolation or as part of a larger cardiac rehabilitation telehealth program and highlights challenges and future directions for digital technology generally and when used in cardiac rehabilitation specifically. It is also intended to provide guidance to researchers reporting digital interventions and clinicians implementing these interventions in practice and to advance a framework for equity-centered digital health in cardiac rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-107
Number of pages13
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 4 2023

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  • AHA Scientific Statements
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • digital technology
  • health promotion
  • telemedicine

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review


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