Exercise training with cycle ergometry in the intensive care unit after total artificial heart implantation

Katelyn D. Brown, Jenny Adams, Dan M. Meyer

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Abstract

A 53-year-old male mountain biker received a total artificial heart and remained in the cardiovascular intensive care unit for 56 days. To reduce functional decline caused by inactivity, he performed a six-session cycle ergometer exercise program in his hospital room. Traditional cardiac responses for exercise prescription were not applicable; therefore, a symptom-limited, monitored progression scheme in conjunction with recommendations for the artificial heart was implemented to modify duration and intensity. Over the six sessions, the patient improved his distance pedaled by 320% and functional capacity by 1 metabolic equivalent. He was subsequently discharged from the hospital and later successfully transplanted without readmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalBaylor University Medical Center Proceedings
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cycle ergometer
  • exercise
  • heart failure
  • intensive care unit
  • total artificial heart

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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