Digital Technologies in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Published: June 05, 2023

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  • Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) has strong evidence of benefit for secondary disease prevention across many cardiovascular conditions. However, CR is underutilized and has the potential to better support patients in improving and sustaining behaviors known to promote optimal cardiovascular health.
  • Digital technology has the potential to address many of the challenges of traditional center-based CR and augment care. Due to lack of standardization, digital technology is defined in this science advisory to refer to care delivered through the internet, wearable devices, and mobile applications, as well as emerging computational methods (eg, artificial intelligence and big data).
  • This AHA science advisory was assembled to help guide the development and implementation of digital CR interventions that can be translated effectively into clinical care, improve health outcomes, and promote health equity.