JULIAN R. BECKWITH, M.D., F.A.C.P.; DWIGHT T. KERNODLE, M.D.; ALLEN E. LEHEW, M.D.; J. EDWIN WOOD JR., M.D., F.A.C.P.
The time-honored treatment of acute myocardial infarction at complete bed-rest has been challenged recently and evidence presented that many patients do at least as well if allowed to sit in a chair during their convalescence as they would if confined strictly to bed.1, 2, 3 It has been previously pointed out that there are many disadvantages to complete bed-rest,4, 5 and a recent review emphasizes how its abuse unfavorably6 affects the cardiac patient. There is also evidence which indicates that the cardiac work is greater when an individual is lying in bed than when he is sitting in a chair.7
BECKWITH JR, KERNODLE DT, LEHEW AE, WOOD JE. THE MANAGEMENT OF MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE CHAIR TREATMENT1. Ann Intern Med. ;41:1189–1195. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-41-6-1189
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;41(6):1189-1195.
Acute Coronary Syndromes, Cardiology, Coronary Heart Disease, Emergency Medicine.
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