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Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing

August 2010, Volume 25 Number 4 , p 342 - 349


  • Mary A. Dolansky RN, PhD
  • Fang Xu MS
  • Melissa Zullo PhD, MPH, MA
  • Mehdi Shishehbor DO, MPH
  • Shirley M. Moore RN, PhD
  • Alfred A. Rimm PhD


Conclusions:The current rate of PAC use indicates that almost half of nondisabled Medicare patients discharged from the hospital following a cardiac event use one of these services. Health care professionals can increase PAC use for Asians, Hispanics, and Native Americans by including culturally targeted communication. Optimizing recovery for cardiac patients who use PAC may require focused cardiac rehabilitation strategies.

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