Medicine And Books

Cardiac Rehabilitation

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 30 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:884
  1. Andrew McLeod
  1. consultant cardiologist, Poole Hospital NHS Trust, Dorset

    It is easy to have a mechanistic view of cardiac problems. Much cardiac terminology is couched in the language of mechanical or electrical engineering. Modern treatments aimed at restoring normal flow in coronary arteries or enhancing pump function by replacing stenotic heart valves, for example, are expected to result in restoration not only of cardiac function but of the patient's normality. Often this is not achieved, much to the physician's surprise. There is a gap between the physician's expectation of improvement and the reality experienced by the patient. …

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