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Exercise Training After Lung Transplantation

´╗┐Exercise Training After Lung Transplantation

Conclusion


In conclusion the results of this study show that supervised exercise training initiated immediately following hospital discharge improve functional recovery after lung transplantation in patients who experienced an uncomplicated postoperative period. Participation in daily physical activities, physical fitness (quadriceps force and functional exercise capacity) and health-related quality of life in the training group showed clinically relevant improvements on top of the natural recovery observed in the control group up to 1 year following hospital discharge. Favorable effects on cardiovascular morbidity were also observed. Elderly lung recipients, even those who experience an uncomplicated postoperative course after transplantation, should therefore be strongly encouraged to participate in an outpatient exercise training program in a specialized center after hospital discharge.

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