This study will employ a mixed methods design including a pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT), followed by semi-structured interviews, to compare an intervention group and a control group receiving usual care.
The pilot RCT will include 60 sedentary adult women with a history of stable coronary artery disease (CAD) who will be randomized to the intervention arm (4-week physician-led remote exercise program) or usual care. The primary outcome will be change in minutes/week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at 4 weeks, which will be measured with Fitbit trackers provided to all participants. Secondary outcomes will include change in MVPA at 12 weeks, the proportion of patients achieving guidelines-recommended volumes of physical activity (PA) at 4 and 12 weeks, change in minutes of sedentary time per week at 4 and 12 weeks, change in cardiometabolic health measures (e.g. self-reported weight, blood pressure, and resting heart rate), and change in survey-based measures of self determination, intrinsic motivation, well-being, and quality of life. Additional feasibility outcomes will include satisfaction, and likelihood to recommend.
Following completion of the 4-week intervention, 10 participants in the intervention arm will be asked to participate in brief semi-structured interviews to provide general feedback on the exercise program.
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