Do women do better in single-sex cardiac rehabilitation?

15th February 2016

Women with heart disease who take part in cardiac rehabilitation appear to suffer less anxiety and depression if they join women-only programmes, new research suggests.

Results from a study in Canada show that women in single sex groups had significantly lower anxiety and depressive symptoms than those in mixed-sex sessions. Those in women only groups did better with their diets, but both groups had increased quality of life

The associations did not hold after full adjustments but the researchers said that given the high degree of anxiety observed, the findings deserved more investigation.

Researchers, including Liz Midence, from York University in Toronto, reported: "Overall, strategies to ensure more women use cardiac rehabilitation, regardless of model, should be implemented.

The results were published online earlier this month in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.

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