LCRM UMCG – Dr. J.Hartog

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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...”