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Relationship between maximal exercise capacity and walking capacity in adult hemiplegic stroke patients.
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PMID:  16628151     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship between maximal exercise capacity and walking capacity in hemiplegic stroke patients. DESIGN: An uncontrolled observational study was conducted in the physical medicine and rehabilitation unit in an academic hospital. Participants were 21 hemiplegic stroke patients (18 men, 3 women; age, 18-70 yrs) whose stroke occurred >3 mos before the study and who could walk independently with or without walking aids. Main outcome measures were peak oxygen uptake, workload, walking capacity, and motor impairment. RESULTS: There was a significant correlation between walking capacity (6-min-walk test) and both peak oxygen uptake (r=0.602, P=0.0032) and maximal power output (r=0.867, P<0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Aerobic capacity and walking capacity are decreased in hemiplegic stroke patients and are correlated with each other. These results underscore the need for future studies, to confirm the role of fitness in relation to walking capacity, and to evaluate the benefit of integrating aerobic training into more traditional rehabilitation programs after stroke.
Annabelle Courbon; Paul Calmels; Frédéric Roche; Julien Ramas; Diana Rimaud; Isabelle Fayolle-Minon
Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists     Volume:  85     ISSN:  0894-9115     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Phys Med Rehabil     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-21     Completed Date:  2006-05-23     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803677     Medline TA:  Am J Phys Med Rehabil     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  436-42     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Unité PPEH-GIP E2S EA 3062, Faculté de Médecine Jacques Lisfranc, Université Jean Monnet Service de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation, Hôpital Bellevue CHU, Saint-Etienne, France.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise Test
Exercise Tolerance*
Hemiplegia / etiology*,  physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Oxygen Consumption
Stroke / complications*

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