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Exercise reduces cardiovascular risk for lung transplant patients

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Exercise can help lung transplant patients enjoy a better quality of life and reduce their chances of encountering cardiovascular problems, research has suggested.

A study published in the American Journal of Transplantation revealed that lung transplant patients who carried out a three-month exercise regime were less likely to develop osteoporosis, high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure - symptoms of sedentary lifestyles.

The patients who underwent the exercise programme carried out more physical activity in the first year following their operation and that helped them to remain healthier than those who were less active.

The more active patients reported better physical functioning, had lower blood pressure and better cardiovascular health than the other patients.

Lead author Dr Daniel Langer said: “People who have received lung transplants often have weak muscles and limited endurance due to their sedentary lifestyle before their transplant and the drugs they need to take after surgery.”

He added: “We were keen to explore whether an exercise training intervention would be capable of partially reversing these remaining limitations in muscle function, enabling patients to improve exercise capacity and increase their participation in daily activities.”


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