July 8, 2013

Pulmonary rehabilitation in lung transplant candidates


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Although patients often participate in exercise training or rehabilitation prior to undergoing lung transplantation, the impact of pulmonary rehabilitation prior to lung transplantation has not been widely studied. This retrospective study described a pulmonary rehabilitation program designed for patients awaiting lung transplantation, assessed the exercise capacity, training volumes, and health related quality of life in patients participating in the program, and evaluated the relationship between pre-transplant exercise capacity and post-transplant hospitalization outcomes in 345 lung transplant recipients. Patients showed small but significant increases in exercise training volumes and calorie expenditure from the start of rehabilitation to their transplants. Higher six-minute walk distance prior to transplantation was associated with shorter duration of hospital stay post-transplantation.

Lung Transplantation

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