Walking after an acute cardiac event: does it guarantee adherence to current physical activity guidelines?

Cardiac patients can significantly improve their health by increasing their physical activity, and one of the major ‘activities’ that cardiac patients enjoy is walking. This study focusses on the benefits of walking to improve cardiac health.

In this project we are investigating the physical activity choices in a sample of recent cardiac patients. While walking is one of patients’ most common physical activity choices, it is unclear whether patients who undertake walking as their sole physical activity choice are meeting current physical activity guidelines. These guidelines recommend 30 minutes of physical activity on at least five days per week. 

This study is investigating the range of patient physical activity choices and investigating whether walking enables patients to meet physical activity guidelines. Based on the analysis undertaken, a paper has been prepared and is currently been peer-reviewed prior to publication.

Funding: Australian Centre for Heart Health