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Exercise prescription for patients with a Fontan circulation: current evidence and future directions.
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PMID:  17612674     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
It is well documented that children with a Fontan circulation have a reduced exercise capacity. One of the modalities to improve exercise capacity might be exercise training. We performed a systematic literature review on the effects of exercise training in patients with a Fontan circulation. Six published studies were included that reported on the effects of exercise training in 40 patients. All studies had a small sample size and/or did not include a control group.Based on the six published studies we can conclude that children who have undergone a Fontan operation and who are in a stable haemodynamic condition can safely participate in an exercise training programme and that exercise training results in an improved exercise capacity. However, more research is needed to establish the optimal exercise mode, dose-response relation, and the effects of exercise training on cardiac function, peripheral muscle function, physical activity, and health-related quality of life. (Neth Heart J 2007;15:142-7.).
T Takken; H J Hulzebos; A C Blank; M H P Tacken; P J M Helders; J L M Strengers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Netherlands heart journal : monthly journal of the Netherlands Society of Cardiology and the Netherlands Heart Foundation     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1568-5888     ISO Abbreviation:  Neth Heart J     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101095458     Medline TA:  Neth Heart J     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  142-7     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Paediatric Physical Therapy & Exercise Physiology, Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, University Medical Centre, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
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