Cardiac Rehabilitation for People with Disabilities
People with disabilities can face a higher risk of developing cardiac events because of their relative immobility. This group can include:
- post-limb amputation patients
- post-stroke patients with residual hemiplegia
- persons with paraplegia/tetraplegia secondary to spinal cord injury
These groups are subjected to the same investigation procedures as the able-bodied population. They will go through the same phases and protocols, but may need a longer duration to recover. Their exercises will also need to be modified according to their physical limitations. They will need special exercise equipment and it is best to have ECG monitoring throughout the exercise as they consume more energy.
Cardiac Rehabilitation for Children
There is no comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program in Malaysia for the time being. Past studies of cardiac rehabilitation are small scale and have had mixed results. All children who have undergone corrective surgery will undergo inpatient exercise sessions.