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Time course of physical reconditioning during exercise rehabilitation late after heart transplantation.
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PMID:  15737752     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Exercise rehabilitation improves physical capacity in heart transplant recipients. The time course of physical reconditioning and skeletal muscle adaptation late after transplantation are unknown. METHODS: Twenty-one heart transplant recipients, at 5.2 +/- 2.1 years after transplantation, completed 1 year of an individually tailored home ergometer-training program (2.1 +/- 0.7 sessions weekly with matched heart rates, intensity at 10% below anaerobic threshold). We analyzed time course of physical reconditioning data for each home-training session (n = 2,396). Constant-load tests with consistent blood lactate concentrations were performed quarterly (n = 105) to estimate the time course of skeletal muscle adaptation. Nine heart transplant recipients served as a control group (CG). RESULTS: After 12 months, exercise capacity for matched heart rates (112 +/- 11 beats/min; CG, 114 +/- 8 beats/min) increased by 35% +/- 19% (from 43 +/- 14 to 58 +/- 18 W; p < 0.001; CG, 53 +/- 18 to 54 +/- 18 W); 24% of the increase was caused by improved skeletal muscle function and 11% by central functioning. Physical reconditioning showed its greatest increase within the first 3 months (+18%; p < 0.001); 50% of the increase consisted of better skeletal muscle or central functioning. Between the 4(th) and 12(th) months, exercise capacity increased continuously (+15%; p < 0.001), mainly because of better skeletal muscle functioning. CONCLUSIONS: The persistent improvement in exercise capacity along with consistent lactate concentrations during 12 months of training indicates that exercise training could counteract the negative side effects of immunosuppressive treatment on skeletal muscles. Even late after heart transplantation, physical training should be performed regularly to prevent the accelerated decrease in exercise capacity and in skeletal muscle function.
Uwe Tegtbur; Martin W Busse; Karsten Jung; Klaus Pethig; Axel Haverich
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1053-2498     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Heart Lung Transplant.     Publication Date:  2005 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-03-01     Completed Date:  2005-07-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9102703     Medline TA:  J Heart Lung Transplant     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  270-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department for Sports Medicine, Leipzig, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Physiological
Exercise Therapy*
Heart Transplantation / rehabilitation*
Lactic Acid / blood
Middle Aged
Muscle, Skeletal / physiology
Oxygen Consumption
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
50-21-5/Lactic Acid

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