Women's and men's exercise adherence after a cardiac event.
The purpose of this secondary analysis was to determine whether age affects women's and men's exercise adherence after a cardiac event. In a convenience sample of 248 adults ages 38 to 86 who had a cardiac event, exercise adherence (three exercise sessions per week) was compared between men and women in three age groups (younger than 60, 61 to 70, and older than 70). Exercise patterns were recorded by heart rate monitors worn during exercise. No differences were found in adherence between the age groups for women; older men were nonadherent sooner than younger men when controlling for fitness level, pain, comorbidity, self-efficacy, depressed mood, and social support. Exercise adherence after a cardiac event was higher for younger men compared with older men. For all age groups, less than 37% of the total sample adhered to a three-times-per-week exercise regimen after 1 year, suggesting that interventions to maintain exercise adherence are needed.
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Dolansky, M. A., Stepanczuk, B., Charvat, J. M., & Moore, S. M. (2010). Women's and men's exercise adherence after a cardiac event. Research in gerontological nursing, 3(1), 30–38. https://doi.org/10.3928/19404921-20090706-03
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine