Home-based interventions to increase physical activity in patients with cardiovascular disease
The changing demographics and deteriorating lifestyle of our era result in an increase in the occurrence of cardiovascular disease, which is neither economically or socially sustainable. Exercise is a cornerstone in the therapy of cardiovascular disease, since a more physically active lifestyle results in a decrease in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
Center-based cardiovascular rehabilitation is well-implemented in Belgium, however participation rates are low, and long-term adherence to an active lifestyle is extremely poor. Home-based exercise programs, might be a solution for increasing patient adherence and self-management.
In this doctoral project, the feasibility and benefit of technology-supported home based exercise programs for patients with cardiovascular disease will be explored and investigated.