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Functional capacity after traditional Chinese medicine (qi gong) training in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation: a randomized controlled trial.
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PMID:  17215629     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Evidence indicates that low energy expenditure protocols derived from traditional Chinese medicine may benefit patients with cardiac impairment; therefore, the authors carried out a randomized controlled trial to test a 16-week medically assisted qi gong training program for the physical rehabilitation of patients with stable chronic atrial fibrillation and preserved left ventricular function. Functional capacity variation was evaluated using the 6-minute walk test, which was performed at baseline, at the end of the intervention, and after 16 weeks. Thirty men and 13 women (mean age, 68+/-8 years) were randomized to the intervention protocol or to a wait-list control group. Qi gong training was well tolerated and, compared with baseline, trained patients walked an average 114 meters more (27%) at the end of treatment (P<.001) and 57 meters more (13.7%) 16 weeks later (P=.008). Control subjects showed no variation in functional capacity. These results seem promising and deserve confirmation with further research.
Lucio Pippa; Lamberto Manzoli; Itala Corti; Gabriele Congedo; Luigi Romanazzi; Giustino Parruti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Preventive cardiology     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1520-037X     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev Cardiol     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-11     Completed Date:  2007-03-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9813731     Medline TA:  Prev Cardiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  22-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Camillo de Lellis per la Ricera Clinica Applicata, Pescara, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Atrial Fibrillation / physiopathology,  therapy*
Breathing Exercises*
Chronic Disease
Exercise Tolerance
Medicine, Chinese Traditional*
Middle Aged

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