Scientists have developed a new tool which they say may soon be able to help doctors prescribe personalised workouts to prevent cardiovascular disease amongst patients.
Designed by cardiovascular rehabilitation specialists from 11 European countries, in collaboration with computer scientists from Belgium’s Hasselt University, the European Association of Preventive Cardiology Exercise Prescription in Everyday Practice and Rehabilitative Training ( EXPERT ) tool specifies the ideal exercise type, intensity, frequency, and duration needed to prevent a first or repeat cardiovascular event, based on a patients individual cardiovascular risk factors or cardiovascular diseases.
Lead author Professor Dominique Hansen said “surveys have shown that many clinicians experience great difficulties in prescribing specific exercise programmes for patients with multiple cardiovascular diseases and risk factors”.
“This tool is the first of its kind. It integrates all the international recommendations on exercise to calculate the optimum training programme for an individual patient.”
Professor Hansen said the tool will allow clinicians to prescribe exercise interventions with much greater clinical benefits in the future.