Cardiovascular response to gait training and ambulation in a hemiparetic heart recipient

J. A. Sliwa*, S. Andersen, J. Griffin

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Little has been reported about the rehabilitation of heart recipients who experience disabling neurologic complications. This is of particular interest to physiatrists because the number of cardiac tranplants is increasing and the cardiovascular response of the denervated heart to exercise is altered. The case reported here describes a 42-year-old woman who underwent heart transplantation for ischemic cardiomyopathy. One year after transplantation, the patient was hospitalized for evaluation of headaches and mental status changes. A lymphoma involving the left basal ganglia was diagnosed and the patient underwent a course of radiation therapy. She was transferred for rehabilitation of a left hemiparesis and made functional gains in mobility and self-care skills. Weekly recordings of heart rate and blood pressure were obtained before and after ambulation. Small increases in both heart rate and blood pressure were recorded after ambulation to the point of fatigue. In both parameters, the patient's maximum response was below that reported for nondisabled cardiac recipients, highlighting the need for symptom-oriented exercise guidelines in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-425
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


  • cardiac
  • exercise
  • transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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