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Table 2 Experimental group: physical activity intervention

From: Physical activity intervention for elderly patients with reduced physical performance after acute coronary syndrome (HULK study): rationale and design of a randomized clinical trial

Inclusion visit (T1) Home-based program Following activity sessions (60 ± 10, 90 ± 10 and 120 ± 10 days after T0)
Pre-test:
• measure of blood pressure
• positioning RS100 Polar heart rate monitor to constantly evaluate heart rate
• Calisthenics exercises
• 30 to 60 min of continuous moderate walking a day, at least 3 to 4 and preferably 7 days a week
• Calisthenics exercisesb
Pre-test:
• Measure of blood pressure
• Positioning RS100 Polar heart rate monitor to constantly evaluate heart rate.
• Evaluation of data recorded by accelerometer.
• Calisthenics exercisesb
Start: walking on the level at 2.0 km/h   Start: walking at an updated intensity estabilished according to reached results in the previous activity session
Every 30 s: increases of 0.3 km/h up to reach a walking speed corresponding to a perceived exertion of 11–13 on the Borg scale for 1 kma.   Every 30 s: increases of 0.3 km/h up to reach a walking speed corresponding to a perceived exertion of 11–13 on the Borg scale for 1 kma.
Post-test:
• Measure of blood pressure.
• Counselling on physical activity and daily activities, such as gardening, or household work.
• Distribution of home accelerometer
  Post-test:
• Measure of blood pressure
• Counselling on physical activity and daily activities, such as gardening, or household work.
• Distribution of home accelerometer
  1. aSubjects walking at a perceived moderate speed < 3.0 km/h will perform the test over the distance of 500-m. At the end of the test the averaged walking speed will be calculated
  2. bdetailed description in the Additional file 2