Heart transplantation and the role of inpatient rehabilitation: A narrative review

Leslie Rydberg*, Kim Barker, Julie Lanphere, Laura Malmut, Jacqueline Diane Neal, Sarah Eickmeyer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Heart transplantation is a definitive treatment option for patients with end-stage heart failure. Medical and functional complications are common after this procedure, and rehabilitation is often needed postoperatively. Physiatrists caring for persons who have received a donor heart must appreciate the surgical background, the physiologic changes expected, as well as the potential medical complications for which they are at risk after heart transplantation. This review summarizes various topics in heart transplantation including the history of the procedure, exercise physiology and functional outcomes, postoperative medical therapy, medical complications, and special considerations for inpatient rehabilitation in this patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPM and R
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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