lung disease are often inactive before lung transplantation because of their
serious ailment. Their inactivity continues following surgery and result in
illnesses like osteoporosis, high cholesterol levels, diabetes and high blood
who had either single or double lung transplantation underwent a study to
evaluate the effectiveness of an exercise regimen post transplantation. Among
these, 21 patients underwent a three-month exercise program, while the others
were controls for comparison. The exercise program included cycling, walking,
stair climbing and resistance exercise using leg press equipment. All the
patients in the study also underwent daily mobility exercises that included
walking, cycling, stair climbing and resistance exercises for a duration of
around 6 weeks.
analysis was carried out on 18 patients who underwent the exercise regimen and
16 patients from the control group one year following discharge from the
found that patients who underwent the exercise regimen could walk for an
average of 85 minutes, whereas patients from the control group could walk for
an average of 54 minutes. The patients on the exercise regimen showed lower
blood pressure as compared to the control group.
The study thus
concludes that an exercise regimen begun soon after hospital discharge is
beneficial in people who have undergone lung transplantation to keep the
patients fit and reduce the chances of heart-related complications.
Exercise program improved health of lung transplant
patients and cut cardiovascular risk; Langer et al; American Journal of