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Cardiac rehabilitation in rural areas can present unique challenges. The main challenge is the locations patients must travel to receive such care. Some patients are expected to travel more then an hour away, on multiple occasions during the week, to undergo their therapy. A literature review was done to see if there was a safe and effective alternative to the traditional center-based cardiac rehabilitation. The electronic search databases PubMed, Embase and CINAHL Complete were utilized to search for articles that addressed the four main topics of the paper. Dalal et al. (2019) found that home-based cardiac rehabilitation was as safe and effective as the traditional approach and was a more affordable model. Antoniou et al. (2022) stated that “home-based cardiac rehabilitation interventions using wearable sensors can be as effective as center-based cardiac rehabilitation.” Banner et al. (2015) stated that the patients who underwent home-based cardiac rehabilitation “demonstrated statistically significant improvement in exercise capacity, along with total cholesterol, LDL and saturated fat intake,” to that of the traditional approach. Overall, home-based cardiac rehabilitation could be a safe an effective alternative to the center-based approach and is something that should be researched further.


Physician Assistant Studies

Degree Name

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

First Advisor

Carr, Kristen

Publication Date

Spring 2023


Medicine and Health Sciences

Home-Based Cardiac Rehab vs. Center-Based Cardiac Rehab in Rural Areas