for people ages 18-85 (full criteria)
at La Jolla, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Pam Taub, MD
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Pam Taub



The purpose of this study is to sustain regular physical activity, improve health-related quality of life, improve resting blood pressure, improve anthropometrics, and improve adherence to prescribed cardiac rehabilitation sessions among individuals referred for cardiac rehabilitation (CR). Numerous studies show that CR improves clinical outcomes in cardiovascular disease (CVD). Exercise as a reliable adjunctive intervention, however, remains limited due to poor short- and long-term adherence. This proposed study will examine the effectiveness of the Kura Care KardioPac digital application plus CR to significantly sustain exercise adherence among CR patients, as compared to standard of care alone.

Official Title

Assessing the Ability of KardioPAC, a Digital Tool, to Facilitate Lifestyle Change in Participants Enrolled in a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program


Cardiac Rehabilitation, Exercise, Quality of Life, KardioPAC Mobile Application, Cardiac Rehabilitation + KardioPAC (CR+KardioPAC)


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-85

  1. Referred to the University of California San Diego Health Cardiac Rehabilitation Center for 36-72 sessions of intensive cardiac rehabilitation for one of the following medical conditions: myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass surgery, stable angina, heart valve repair or replacement, coronary angioplasty or stenting, congestive heart failure, heart transplant, or peripheral arterial disease
  2. Able to give informed consent in English
  3. Able to perform study assessments as described
  4. Resting BP<180/110 mmHg
  5. Able to perform light to moderate exercise
  6. Have not had a fall during the previous 6 months resulting in an injury
  7. Clinical staff's permission to participate, including their assessment that participant is a good candidate for this research study
  8. Ability to complete written or app-based surveys
  9. Owns an Apple or Android mobile telephone capable of downloading and running the app

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Referred to CR following Ventricular Assist Device procedure
  2. Angina not adequately managed with nitrates
  3. Oxygen-dependent Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  4. Recent stroke or significant cerebral neurologic impairment that would interfere with participation.
  5. Unable to operate a BP device


  • University of California, San Diego
    La Jolla California 92093 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSD

  • Pam Taub, MD
    Pam R. Taub, MD, FACC, FASPC is Professor of Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. She is the Founding Director of the Step Family Foundation Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. Dr. Taub was responsible for all aspects of creating the center.


accepting new patients by invitation only
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University of California, San Diego
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Expecting 50 study participants
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