Cardiac patients who also have diabetes will be able to do their rehabilitation exercises more safely, thanks to the world’s first guidance on the subject, which has been published by international experts including a Swansea University academic.
The guidance will be a crucial resource for healthcare professionals, so they can help the growing number of cardiac rehabilitation patients who also have diabetes.
The guidance, approved by international diabetes organizations, was drawn up by a team including Dr. Richard Bracken of the School of Sports and Exercise Sciences, College of Engineering and the Diabetes Research group, located in the Medical School at Swansea University.
Physical exercise and improving activity levels are central parts of cardiac rehabilitation, which aims to boost the health and fitness of people with heart problems.
At present, around 25% of participants attending cardiac rehabilitation in Europe, North America and Australia also have diabetes. This figure is increasing,