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Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation & Prevention:
doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000049
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Greater Improvement in Cardiorespiratory Fitness Using Higher-Intensity Interval Training in the Standard Cardiac Rehabilitation Setting

Keteyian, Steven J. PhD; Hibner, Brooks A. BS; Bronsteen, Kyle MS; Kerrigan, Dennis PhD; Aldred, Heather A. PhD; Reasons, Lisa M. BS; Saval, Mathew A. MS; Brawner, Clinton A. PhD; Schairer, John R. DO; Thompson, Tracey M.S. MSA; Hill, Jason BS; McCulloch, Derek BS; Ehrman, Jonathon K. PhD

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Abstract

PURPOSE: We tested the hypothesis that higher-intensity interval training (HIIT) could be deployed into a standard cardiac rehabilitation (CR) setting and would result in a greater increase in cardiorespiratory fitness (ie, peak oxygen uptake,

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) versus moderate-intensity continuous training (MCT).

METHODS: Thirty-nine patients participating in a standard phase 2 CR program were randomized to HIIT or MCT; 15 patients and 13 patients in the HIIT and MCT groups, respectively, completed CR and baseline and followup cardiopulmonary exercise testing.

RESULTS: No patients in either study group experienced an event that required hospitalization during or within 3 hours after exercise. The changes in resting heart rate and blood pressure at followup testing were similar for both HIIT and MCT.

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at ventilatory-derived anaerobic threshold increased more (P < .05) with HIIT (3.0 ± 2.8 mL·kg·−1min−1) versus MCT (0.7 ± 2.2 mL·kg·−1min−1). During followup testing, submaximal heart rate at the end of stage 2 of the exercise test was significantly lower within both the HIIT and MCT groups, with no difference noted between groups. Peak V˙o2 improved more after CR in patients in HIIT versus MCT (3.6 ± 3.1 mL·kg.−1·min−1 vs 1.7 ± 1.7 mL·kg.−1·min−1; P < .05).

CONCLUSIONS: Among patients with stable coronary heart disease on evidence-based therapy, HIIT was successfully integrated into a standard CR setting and, when compared to MCT, resulted in greater improvement in peak exercise capacity and submaximal endurance.

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