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Lode products are used worldwide. Here is what people have to say about Lode and Lode products.

Andre la Gerche, St Vincents

Prof Andre La Gerche MBBS, PhD

I have spent the last 15 years involved in research aiming to understand heart function during exercise in the spectrum from sevre disease through elite athletes. I currently lead the HEART Lab (Heart, Exercise, and Research Trials) at St Vincent’s Institute in Melbourne Australia where we continue to develop and use some of the most innovative exercise echocardiography and exercise MRI techniques.

I have predominantly relied on Lode ergometers.  My initial tools were a Lode Excalibur for cardiopulmonary exercise testing and a semi-supine exercise echocardiography ergometer. They have never failed.  In fact, I have sometimes questioned the business model of Lode because the equipment is so robust that it never needs replacing. The electronic braking, user interface and software are intuitive and bullet proof.

In 2010 I initiated a program of exercise cardiac magnetic resonance imaging whilst based in Leuven, Belgium.  Lode were essentially the only company investing in trying to develop exercise CMR ergometers given the constraints of avoiding interference with strong magnetic fields. We have used the same ergometer to perform more than 2000 exercise MRI scans.

We are currently undertaking a long-term cohort study of cardiovascular function in elite athletes (the Pro@Heart study) that will require precise and reproducible exercise measures over more than 20 years.  The reliability of Lode’s equipment is indispensable for our long-term assessment of heart rhythm disorders in athletes.

Lode’s commitment to excellence aligns seamlessly with our dedication to pushing the boundaries of cardiovascular research. The reliability, precision, and adaptability of Lode’s Ergometer have surpassed our expectations.

Prof Andre La Gerche MBBS, PhD

“I have predominantly relied on Lode ergometers. They have never failed, ...”
Dr. Hartog UMCG

LCRM UMCG – Dr. J.Hartog

Our study showed that patients awaiting cardiac surgery can safely follow a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programme, including aerobic exercise and resistance training during the waiting time (i.e., prehabilitation). It is extremely promising that patients with serious heart disease were able to improve their physical outcomes based on a personalised and closely monitored exercise programme before their heart problems were surgically treated. Our study included patients with limited oxygen supplies to the heart and limited blood circulation due to (stable) coronary artery disease, valve failure, and/or aortic dilatation. These cardiovascular limitations often lead to classic symptoms such as angina pectoris, shortness of breath, or fainting. In addition, there is an increased risk of cardiac events such as myocardial infarction, aortic disruption, and possible death. Despite these notions, in our study, patients awaiting cardiac surgery were highly compliant and able to safely follow an individualised comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programme, in which, among other activities, supervised aerobic exercise training was provided along with ECG monitoring. Moreover, an increase in the workload-to-heart rate ratio (W/beat) was observed after both pre- and postoperative rehabilitation periods, suggesting training-based improvements in cardiac function and exercise  tolerance.

By using Lode’s equipment, it was possible to continuously measure heart rate and wattage output during training sessions. This training data was used to see if patients were able to improve their physical fitness despite their heart condition. Our experiences were good. The advantage of continuous monitoring of heart rate and training load (wattage) is that you can continuously view and store the heart rate and wattage performed during training. This gives you a good overview of the duration, intensity and number of training sessions per patient. In research, this data can be linked to various outcome measures, such as physical fitness, quality of life or postoperative complications. Therefore this data is relevant to see for whom which training is effective.

 

LCRM UMCG – Dr. J.Hartog

“By using Lode's equipment, it was possible to continuously measure heart...”
Kraaijenbrink_UMCG

Brachumera UMCG – Cassandra Kraaijenbrink

In the PhD thesis “Biophysical perspective on submaximal handcycling propulsion in able-bodied men”, we showed that testing and training, both within a scientific and practice setting should be task-specific. The Brachumera Sport has a synchronous crank mode, the same as real-life handcycles. On top of that, it has a wide workload range of 10 to 3000 Watt. As such, the Brachumera Sport can be used within a wide range of settings, from early rehabilitation to athlete sports. Within the PhD thesis, we found that handcycle technique in terms of force application does change with different cadences and workloads. The Brachumera Sport with Pedal Force Measurement is especially useful to further study the handcycle technique of different individuals.

Publications

  • Biophysical perspective on submaximal handcycle propulsion in able-bodied men: biomechanics and physiology of different gear, mode and steering settings

Brachumera UMCG – Cassandra Kraaijenbrink

“The Brachumera Sport can be used within a wide range of settings, from e...”
Testimonial van Hooff

Martijn van Hooff, Dr. – Máxima Medisch Centrum

Patients with flow-limitations in the iliac arteries (FLIA) complain from pain and powerlessness during maximal exercise. As such, we used the Lode Excalibur sport with pedal power measurement possibility to diagnose one-sided FLIA. We recently started a new research to look at individual power patterns to possibly identify FLIA in patients with complaints in both sides.

Lode is the standard in ergometry in medicine. We endorse the cooperation with Lode, and fruitful meetings to improve our research in this rare occupational disease.

Publications

  • Iliac artery flow limitations in athletes – Novel diagnostics, efficacy and safety after surgery
  • van Hooff, M. et al. (2020) Sport-related femoral artery occlusion detected by near-infrared spectroscopy and pedal power measurements: A case report,” The Physician and Sportsmedicine, 49(2), pp. 241–244

Martijn van Hooff, Dr. – Máxima Medisch Centrum

“We detect sport-related vascular problems in athletes using pedal power ...”
Calvin Chin National Heart Centre Singapore

Calvin Chin – National Heart Centre Singapore

At the National Heart Centre Singapore, we have developed an exercise stress CMR protocol using the MR ergometer pedal to differentiate patients with exercise induced cardiac remodeling from early dilated cardiomyopathy; and patients presenting with chest pain and suspected ischemic heart disease.

We developed the exercise CMR stress protocol to increase diagnostic confidence of differentiating patients with exercise-induced cardiac remodeling from early dilated cardiomyopathy and diagnose ischemic heart disease in patients presenting with chest pain. The MR Ergometer Pedal fits well with our set-up and we have been using this as an exercise stress modality since 2017. Our radiographers and patients have excellent feedback on the comfort and ease of use.

 

Calvin Chin – National Heart Centre Singapore

“Our radiographers and patients have excellent feedback on the comfort an...”
Testimonial - Hirano

Dr. Yutaka Hirano – Kinki University Hospital, Osaka, Japan

With recent advances in ultrasound systems, extremely clear and precise images of cardiac wall motion under normal physiological conditions have become available to us. However, observation of left ventricular wall motion is still impossible in patients walking on a treadmill or pedaling on an ergometer.

With the use of the Lode Echo Cardiac Stress Table with Angio ergometer, left ventricular wall motion can be consistently observed before, during, and after stress testing, with the patient in the supine position and in no danger of falling.

The table can be tilted to the left, and the back support corresponding to the left side of the chest can be removed, which enables the acquisition of clearer images of the left ventricular wall, thus providing data essential for determining “correct diagnosis and treatment” and “prognosis and plan for future treatment”.

Therefore, the Lode Echo Cardiac Stress Table with Angio ergometer has become one of the most important stress testing devices for us.

Dr. Yutaka Hirano – Kinki University Hospital, Osaka, Japan

“With the use of the Lode Echo Cardiac Stress Table with Angio ergometer,...”

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“I have predominantly relied on Lode ergometers. They have never failed, are intuitive and bullet proof.”

Prof Andre La Gerche MBBS, PhD

Head, Heart Exercise and Research Trials HEART Lab St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
Andre la Gerche, St Vincents
“By using Lode's equipment, it was possible to continuously measure heart rate and wattage output during training sessions. ”

LCRM UMCG – Dr. J.Hartog

postdoctoral researcher (p)rehabilitation/movement scientist
Dr. Hartog UMCG
“The Brachumera Sport can be used within a wide range of settings, from early rehabilitation to athlete sports”

Brachumera UMCG – Cassandra Kraaijenbrink

Research Coordinator/Lecturer
Kraaijenbrink_UMCG
“We detect sport-related vascular problems in athletes using pedal power measurements of the Lode Excalibur Sport PFM”

Martijn van Hooff, Dr. – Máxima Medisch Centrum

Human Movement Scientist
Testimonial van Hooff
“Our radiographers and patients have excellent feedback on the comfort and ease of use of the MR ergometer pedal. ”

Calvin Chin – National Heart Centre Singapore

Director of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Calvin Chin National Heart Centre Singapore
“With the use of the Lode Echo Cardiac Stress Table with Angio ergometer, left ventricular wall motion can be consistently observed”

Dr. Yutaka Hirano – Kinki University Hospital, Osaka, Japan

Associate Professor Department of Central Clinical laboratory
Testimonial - Hirano
Andre la Gerche, St Vincents

Prof Andre La Gerche MBBS, PhD

Dr. Hartog UMCG

LCRM UMCG – Dr. J.Hartog

Kraaijenbrink_UMCG

Brachumera UMCG – Cassandra Kraaijenbrink

Testimonial van Hooff

Martijn van Hooff, Dr. – Máxima Medisch Centrum

Calvin Chin National Heart Centre Singapore

Calvin Chin – National Heart Centre Singapore

Testimonial - Hirano

Dr. Yutaka Hirano – Kinki University Hospital, Osaka, Japan

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