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Interval Training in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Interval Training in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Interval training – you may recognize it as the fitness craze that’s taking off across the country. However, while most commonly praised as the best way to get the most out of your workout, interval training is beginning to move beyond the gym into the clinical sphere.


Interval training is a methodology that involves interspersing heightened bouts of exercise with periods of relative rest. Alternating between periods of short rest makes it possible for individuals to complete short work periods at higher intensities. Interval training was originally designed in Europe and used for competitive athletics like track and swimming.


With heart disease accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States, the critical effectiveness of cardiac and pulmonary rehab has long been established. There is however much debate over the most beneficial methods of exercise for this population of patients.

Emerging data suggests interval training may have utility in a clinical setting. High intensity interval training stimulates a more vigorous pumping of the heart when compared to continuous training at a moderate level of intensity, which could contribute to improved peak V02 levels. As with any cardiopulmonary exercise safety, effectiveness and efficiency must be analyzed before using.


Dr. Carl King will present on the topic of interval training in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at the AACVPR Annual Meeting during LSI’s sponsored vendor session. His presentation will review scientific findings for interval training in a clinical settings, determine how to design and implement a customized interval training program, and compare effectiveness to other current exercise methods.

Interval Training in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Thursday, September 8 | 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Versailles Ballroom
Lunch will be provided.

Can’t make it to the AACVPR Annual Meeting? Dr. King’s presentation will be recorded and posted to the AACVPR website following the conference.

Register to learn more on interval training from Dr. King at the AACVPR conference in September (pre-registration required).

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