Safety and feasibility of inpatient exercise training in pediatric heart failure: a preliminary report.

McBride MG, Binder TJ, Paridon SM

The purpose of this study was to determine the safety and feasibility of an inpatient exercise training program for a group of pediatric heart transplantation candidates on multiple inotropic support. Twenty ambulatory patients enrolled into an exercise training program while awaiting heart transplantation. Exercise sessions were scheduled three times a week lasting from 30 to 60 minutes and consisted of aerobic and musculoskeletal conditioning. The authors conclude that data from this study indicate that pediatric patients on inotropic support as a result of systemic ventricular or biventricular heart failure can safely participate in exercise training programs with relatively moderate to high compliance.

Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 2007, 27(4), 219-22

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