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Canadian Journal of Cardiology

High Burden of Frailty in Women Participating in Cardiac Rehabilitation

      Cardiovascular disease (CVD) develops at more advanced age in women than men and is associated with a higher burden of co-morbidities. Therefore, women living with CVD and participating in cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs may be more likely to be frail due to the combination of older age and co-morbid conditions. Recent research suggests that frailty syndrome may adversely affect patient outcomes. The purpose of this study was to describe the prevalence of frailty in a cohort of patients enrolled in a CR program and to determine whether exercise capacity was influenced by frailty status.
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