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Jacqueline C Outermans, Ingrid van de Port, Gert Kwakkel, Johanna M Visser-Meily, Harriet Wittink
BACKGROUND: Reports on the association between aerobic capacity and walking capacity in people after stroke show disparate results. AIM: To determine (1) if the predictive validity of peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) for walking capacity post stroke is different from that of maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and (2) if postural control, hemiplegic lower extremity muscle strength, age and gender distort the association between aerobic capacity and walking capacity. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Krunoslav Michael Sveric, Stefan Ulbrich, Mohamed Rady, Christian Pflücke, Silvio Quick, Stefanie Katzke, Karim Ibrahim, Ruth H Strasser, Stefanie Jellinghaus
Objectives: Non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterised by a highly variable disease progression. Stress echocardiography and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) are beneficial in risk assessment, but are labour intensive. Repetitive squatting and standing without weights is a simple exercise (EX). The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic role of left ventricular (LV) contractile recruitment (CR) after a simple EX of repetitive squatting through three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography...
2018: Open Heart
Frederik Helsen, Pieter De Meester, Alexander Van De Bruaene, Charlien Gabriels, Béatrice Santens, Mathias Claeys, Guido Claessen, Kaatje Goetschalckx, Roselien Buys, Marc Gewillig, Els Troost, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Piet Claus, Jan Bogaert, Werner Budts
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the relationship between right ventricular (RV) systolic dysfunction at rest and reduced exercise capacity in patients with a systemic RV (sRV). METHODS: All patients with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) or complete TGA after atrial switch (TGA-Mustard/Senning) followed in our institution between July 2011 and September 2017 who underwent cardiac imaging within a six-month time period of cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) were analyzed...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Marco Herbsleb, Andy Schumann, Berend Malchow, Christian Puta, P Christian Schulze, Holger W Gabriel, Karl-Jürgen Bär
The elevated cardiovascular risk of patients with schizophrenia contributes to a reduced life expectancy of 15-20years. This study investigated whether cardiac autonomic dysfunction (CADF) in schizophrenia is related to chronotropic incompetence, an established cardiovascular risk marker. We investigated thirty-two patients suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and thirty-two control subjects matched for age, sex, body mass index and fat free mass. A cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) was performed to study heart rate responses to exercise as well as submaximal (ventilatory threshold 1, VT1 ) and maximal endurance capacities (peak oxygen consumption, VO2peak ; peak power output, Ppeak )...
March 8, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
C A L Deus, P S Vigário, F S Guimarães, A J Lopes
Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) traditionally used in clinical practice do not accurately predict exercise intolerance in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this study was to assess whether the nitrogen single-breath washout (N2SBW) test explains exercise intolerance and poor quality of life in stable COPD patients. This cross-sectional study included 31 patients with COPD subjected to PFTs (including the N2SBW test) and a cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET). Patients were also evaluated using the following questionnaires: the COPD assessment test (CAT), the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF36) and St...
2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
R Kumar, G Garcea
INTRODUCTION: Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) is a reliable, reproducible and non-invasive measure of functional capacity. CPET has been increasingly used to assess pre-operative risk and stratify patients at risk of mortality and morbidity following surgery. CPET parameters that predict outcomes within liver and pancreas cancer surgery still remain to be defined. METHODS: A systematic review to assess CPET use in predicting post-operative outcomes in liver and pancreas cancer surgery was carried out using the following databases AMED, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, Google Scholar and PubMED...
February 20, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
Michael V Di Maria, Lindsey Silverman, Adel K Younoszai, Mariana L Meyers, Kelley E Capocelli, Michael R Narkewicz
BACKGROUND: The current management paradigm for children with single ventricle heart disease involves a series of palliative surgeries, culminating in the Fontan operation. This physiology results in a high central venous pressure, and in the setting of single ventricle heart disease, results in hepatic injury and fibrosis over time. Fontan-associated liver disease (FALD) is universally present in this cohort, and the current gold standard for diagnosis remains biopsy. Noninvasive assessments of liver fibrosis, such as ultrasound with elastography or acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI), has been utilized in this cohort...
February 23, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
Farouk Chrif, Tobias Nef, Kenneth J Hunt
Background: Leg-press machines are widely employed for musculoskeletal conditioning of the lower-limbs and they provide cardiovascular benefits for resistance training in cardiac patients. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of a dynamic leg press (DLP) for incremental cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) and to compare the results with those obtained using a cycle ergometer (CE). Methods: Twelve healthy participants aged 27±4 years (mean ± standard deviation) performed incremental cardiopulmonary exercise tests on a DLP and on a CE...
2018: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation
Wendell L Bernardes, Rafael A Montenegro, Walace D Monteiro, Raul de Almeida Freire, Renato Massaferri, Paulo Farinatti
Bernardes, WL, Montenegro, RA, Monteiro, WD, de Almeida Freire, R, Massaferri, R, and Farinatti, P. Optimizing a treadmill ramp protocol to evaluate aerobic capacity of hemiparetic poststroke patients. J Strength Cond Res 32(3): 876-884, 2018-A correct assessment of cardiopulmonary capacity is important for aerobic training within motor rehabilitation of poststroke hemiparetic patients (PSHPs). However, specific cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) for these patients are scarce. We proposed adaptations in a protocol originally developed for PSHPs by Ovando et al...
March 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Jessica Whibley, Christopher J Peters, Laura J Halliday, Asif M Chaudry, William H Allum
INTRODUCTION: Esophageal and gastric cancer have a poor prognosis and surgical intervention is associated with considerable morbidity, highlighting the need for careful preoperative assessment. The Incremental Shuttle Walk Test (ISWT) and Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) can assess preoperative fitness. This study aims to investigate their correlation with both postoperative respiratory complications and overall survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients were identified who underwent esophageal or gastric resections for cancer between 2010 and 2014 and had ISWT and/or CPET assessments...
February 6, 2018: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Andrea Tufo, Declan F J Dunne, Nichola Manu, Heman Joshi, Carmen Lacasia, Louise Jones, Hassan Z Malik, Graeme J Poston, Stephen W Fenwick
BACKGROUND: Concern exists regarding the use of hepatectomy to treat colorectal liver metastasis (CRLM) in octogenarians due to prior studies suggesting elevated morbidity and mortality. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) within pre-operative assessment and enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) have both been shown to be associated with low morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing hepatectomy. This study sought to compare the outcomes of octogenarians with patients aged 70-79 undergoing hepatectomy for CRLM, within a center utilizing both CPET and ERAS...
February 6, 2018: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Natalia Dłużniewska, Piotr Podolec, Tomasz Miszalski-Jamka, Maciej Krupiński, Paweł Banyś, Małgorzata Urbańczyk, Bogdan Suder, Grzegorz Kopeć, Maria Olszowska, Lidia Tomkiewicz-Pająk
OBJECTIVES: Investigate the effects of left and right ventricular function and severity of pulmonary valve regurgitation, quantified by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), on exercise tolerance in adult patients who underwent ToF repair at a young age. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of 52 patients after ToF surgery and 33 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers. CMR and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) were performed on all patients; CPET was performed on control subjects...
January 2018: Indian Heart Journal
D Z H Levett, S Jack, M Swart, J Carlisle, J Wilson, C Snowden, M Riley, G Danjoux, S A Ward, P Older, M P W Grocott
The use of perioperative cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) to evaluate the risk of adverse perioperative events and inform the perioperative management of patients undergoing surgery has increased over the last decade. CPET provides an objective assessment of exercise capacity preoperatively and identifies the causes of exercise limitation. This information may be used to assist clinicians and patients in decisions about the most appropriate surgical and non-surgical management during the perioperative period...
March 2018: British Journal of Anaesthesia
T E F Abbott, M Gooneratne, J McNeill, A Lee, D Z H Levett, M P W Grocott, M Swart, N MacDonald
BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing importance of cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) for preoperative risk assessment, the reliability of CPET interpretation is unclear. We aimed to assess inter-observer reliability of preoperative CPET. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, multi-centre, observational study of preoperative CPET interpretation. Participants were professionals with previous experience or training in CPET, assessed by a standardized questionnaire...
March 2018: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Daniel Steffens, Jane Young, Paula R Beckenkamp, James Ratcliffe, Freya Rubie, Nabila Ansari, Neil Pillinger, Michael Solomon
BACKGROUND: There is a need for evidence of the effectiveness of pre-operative exercise for patients undergoing major cancer surgery; however, recruitment to such trials can be challenging. The PrE-operative Physical Activity (PEPA) Trial will establish the feasibility and acceptability of a pre-operative exercise programme aimed to improve patient outcomes after cytoreductive surgery and pelvic exenteration. The secondary aim is to obtain pilot data on the likely difference in key outcomes (post-operative complications, length of hospital stay, post-operative functional capacity and quality of life) to inform the sample size calculation for the substantive randomised clinical trial...
February 17, 2018: Trials
Thomas Schmidt, Birna Bjarnason-Wehrens, Stephanie Mommertz, Meike Hannig, Sebastian Schulte-Eistrup, Detlev Willemsen, Nils Reiss
Following implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), acceptable functional performance is now being achieved; however, peak VO 2 and peak work load (watts) remain considerably limited. Maximum physical capacity is essentially dependent on generated cardiac output (CO) and arteriovenous oxygen difference (avDO 2 ). We investigated the changes in CO and avDO 2 during exercise in LVAD patients with an HVAD pump (HeartWare Inc., Framingham, MA, USA). Approximately 6 weeks after implantation, 20 patients (100% male, 60...
February 12, 2018: Artificial Organs
T Reeves, S Bates, T Sharp, K Richardson, S Bali, J Plumb, H Anderson, J Prentis, M Swart, D Z H Levett
Background: Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) is an exercise stress test with concomitant expired gas analysis that provides an objective, non-invasive measure of functional capacity under stress. CPET-derived variables predict postoperative morbidity and mortality after major abdominal and thoracic surgery. Two previous surveys have reported increasing utilisation of CPET preoperatively in England. We aimed to evaluate current CPET practice in the UK, to identify who performs CPET, how it is performed, how the data generated are used and the funding models...
2018: Perioperative Medicine
Alexander Egbe, Arooj R Khan, William R Miranda, Naser M Ammash, Carole A Warnes, Sameh S Said, Nathaniel W Taggart, Emmanuel Akintoye, Gruschen R Veldtman, Heidi M Connolly
BACKGROUND: The objective was to better understand Doppler hemodynamics and exercise capacity in patients with Fontan palliation by delineating the hemodynamic mechanism for temporal changes in their peak oxygen consumption (V̇o2). METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of adult Fontan patients with systemic left ventricle (LV) who underwent serial transthoracic echocardiograms (TTE) and cardiopulmonary exercise tests (CPET) at Mayo Clinic in 2000-2015. TTE and CPET data were used (1) to determine agreement between V̇o2 and Doppler-derived LV function indices (eg, stroke volume index [SVI] and cardiac index [CI]) and (2) to determine agreement between temporal changes in peak V̇o2 and LV function indices...
February 2018: American Heart Journal
Tian-Xiang Chen, Bigyan Pudasaini, Jian Guo, Su-Gang Gong, Rong Jiang, Lan Wang, Qin-Hua Zhao, Wen-Hui Wu, Ping Yuan, Jin-Ming Liu
Background: Sex differences in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) have been revealed in few studies. Although right heart catheterization (RHC) is the gold standard for clinical diagnosis and assessment of prognosis in pulmonary hypertension (PH), cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) has been a more widely used assessment of functional capacity, disease severity, prognosis, and treatment response in PH. We hypothesized that the "sex-specific" CPET indices could estimate the severity of inoperable CTEPH...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Yi Tang, Lei Yao, Zhihong Liu, Wenlin Xie, Xiuping Ma, Qin Luo, Zhihui Zhao, Zhiwei Huang, Liu Gao, Qi Jin, Xue Yu, Changming Xiong, Xinhai Ni, Yinkun Yan, Wenwei Qi
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that peak circulatory power (peak CircP; peak oxygen uptake × peak systolic blood pressure) is a variable predictor of prognosis in patients with left heart failure. It remains unknown whether peak CircP also predicts outcome in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). METHODS: Patients with newly diagnosed IPAH who underwent symptom-limited cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) from 1 January 2011 to 1 January 2014 in Fuwai Hospital were prospectively enrolled and followed for up to 66 months for cardiac events (mortality and lung transplantation)...
February 2018: Respiratory Medicine
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