Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Thomas Mohr


Coronary Disease -- rehabilitation


Heart disease is the leading cause of death among all persons in the United States today. Many other people suffer from heart problems or conditions and are fortunate enough to survive. For those who do have nonfatal initial heart problems and complications, exercise will be a significant part of their follow up comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program.

The cardiac rehabilitation program is determined by many medical professionals all of whom carry various responsibilities and participate in particular stages of a patient's overall program. The physical therapist is a member of the cardiac rehabilitation team and is generally in charge of the exercise portion of the program.

The purpose of this independent study is to explore the role of exercise, its importance, its prescription, and its implementation into the patient's comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program. The information in this independent study will provide guidelines for the entry level or cardiac rehabilitation inexperienced physical therapist to better understand the scope and utilization of exercise as a component of comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation.