Cardiac transplantation

This is likely to be a small group of patients and the research examining cardiac transplantation and cardiac rehabilitation is not extensive. In the UK only the SIGN (2002) guidelines make specific mention of this patient group. An American study by Shephard (1998) suggested that there is a need for exercise-centred cardiac rehabilitation to optimise functional gains and counter major complications, such as hypertension, accelerated atherosclerosis and osteoporosis. The detrimental effects of muscle weakness are responsible for a substantial part of the initial functional disturbance, and rehabilitation programmes should include resistance and weight-bearing activities as well as aerobic exercise. Kobashigawa, et al. (1999) found that when initiated early after cardiac transplantation, exercise training increased capacity for physical work in transplant patients.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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