for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Alexis Beatty, MD, MAS
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Alexis Beatty



Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically recommended program for patients with certain heart conditions. It includes exercise training, health education, and counseling. Unfortunately, many patients do not participate in cardiac rehabilitation. Some find it challenging to attend the in-person sessions. This study aims to compare two methods of delivering cardiac rehabilitation: in-person and through telehealth. The investigators want to know if the effects of these two programs are alike and if certain individuals benefit more from one program over the other.


Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, Systolic, Heart Valve Diseases, Angina, Stable, Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Transplant, cardiac rehabilitation, telehealth, Systolic Heart Failure, Stable Angina, Infarction, In-person cardiac rehabilitation, Telehealth cardiac rehabilitation


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  1. Age 18 or older
  2. Eligible for cardiac rehabilitation
    1. Diagnosis within 1 year prior to consent
    2. Chronic stable angina, or
    3. Chronic systolic heart failure (ejection fraction ≤ 35%)
  3. Willing to be randomized to in-person or telehealth cardiac rehabilitation
  4. Able to communicate in English or Spanish

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Unstable arrhythmias which may make unmonitored exercise unsafe (e.g., history of ventricular tachycardia not on medical therapy and without an implantable cardioverter defibrillator)
  2. Unsafe for patient to participate in the opinion of the investigator
  3. Hospice
  4. Unable to consent for self


  • UCSF
    San Francisco California 94143 United States
  • University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor Michigan 48105 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Alexis Beatty, MD, MAS
    Alexis Beatty, MD, MAS is a cardiologist and health services researcher who studies innovative delivery models for cardiovascular disease care to improve outcomes and reduce disparities. She received a career development award from the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop and test a mobile application to improve participation in cardiac rehabilitation, called VA FitHeart.


not yet accepting patients
Start Date
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University of California, San Francisco
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Expecting 516 study participants
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