Cardiac rehabilitation: a good measure to improve quality of life in peri- and postmenopausal women with microvascular angina
Wojciech Szot 1, 2  
Joanna Zając 1
Jakub Owoc 4
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Hygiene and Dietetics Dept, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Cracow, Poland
Nuclear Medicine Dept, John Paul II Hospital, Cracow, Poland
Cardiovascular Diseases Clinic, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Cracow, Poland
College of Public Health, Zielona Góra, Poland
Department for Health Problems of Ageing, Institute of Rural Health in Lublin, Poland
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2015;22(2):390–395
Cardiac Syndrome X (CSX) was considered a stable coronary syndrome, yet due to its nature, CSX symptoms often have a great impact on patients’ Quality of Life (QoL). According to ESC 2013 stable coronary artery disease criteria, CSX was replaced by Microvascular Angina (MA).Unfortunately, most CSX or MA patients, after classical angina (involving main coronary vessels) has been ruled out, often do not receive proper treatment. Indications for pharmacological treatment of MA patients were introduced only recently. Another problematic issue is that scientists describing the pathophysiology of both CSX and MA stress a lack of a deeper insight into the multifactorial etiology of the source of pain associated with this disease. In the presented article we have attempted to study the influence of cardiac rehabilitation (3 months programme) on the QoL of patients recognized as suffering from MA, as well as to check if changes in myocardial perfusion in these patients at baseline and after completion of cardiac rehabilitation match changes in their QoL. Therefore, after screening 436 women for MA, we studied 55 of them who were confirmed as having MA and who agreed to participate in the study. Exercise tests, Myocardial Perfusion Imaging, and QoL questionnaires were studied at baseline and after completing 3 months period of cardiac rehabilitation. Results were subsequently compared, which showed a link between improved perfusion score in SPECT study and improved overall physical capacity, on one hand, and improved QoL score on the other. These results confirm that cardiac rehabilitation is a very useful treatment option for MA patients. It seems that training during cardiac rehabilitation is a very important factor (improved physical efficiency –> increase in self-belief), and that taking into consideration the multifactor pathophysiology of pain, it is connected with a better quality of life for MA patients.
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