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Comparison of Mobilization after Two and Nine Days in Uncomplicated Myocardial Infarction

Br Med J 1974; 3 doi: (Published 06 July 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;3:10
  1. M. J. Hayes,
  2. G. K. Morris,
  3. J. R. Hampton


    A total of 189 patients with uncomplicated myocardial infarction were selected at random for early or late mobilization and discharge from hospital. Patients were admitted to the study after 48 hours in a coronary care unit if they were free of pain and showed no evidence of heart failure or significant dysrhythmia. Randomization was achieved by monthly cross-over of the three medical wards to which the patients were discharged. One group of patients was mobilized immediately and discharged home after a total of nine days in hospital, and the second group was mobilized on the ninth day and discharged on the 16th day. Out-patient assessment was carried out six weeks after admission. No significant differences were observed between the groups in terms of mortality or morbidity, as reflected by the incidence of recurrent chest pain or myocardial infarction, heart failure, dysrhythmia, or venous thromboembolism detected either clinically or by 125I-labelled fibrinogen scanning.