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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Influence of exercise training soon after myocardial infarction on regional myocardial perfusion and resting left ventricular function.

There is scant information regarding the effect of exercise training begun soon after hospital discharge for myocardial infarction (MI) with respect to subsequent improvement in exercise tolerance, enhancement of regional myocardial perfusion, or left ventricular function. Accordingly, 19 post-MI patients (mean age 53 +/- 7 years) underwent treadmill exercise quantitative thallium-201 (Tl-201) scintigraphy and rest radionuclide angiography (RNA) prior to and after 12 weeks of thrice-weekly exercise training which was targeted to 70-85% of maximum exercise heart rate achieved. Training was begun at 25 +/- 3 days after hospital discharge. Eight Tl-201 scan segments were each scored from 1-6 points based upon uptake and washout criteria with 6 being the most severe defect (greater than 50% reduction in Tl-201 events with no delayed redistribution). When matched to the pretraining peak workload on exercise testing, 12 weeks of training significantly lessened heart rate (120 +/- 4 to 97 +/- 4, p less than 0.001), peak systolic blood pressure (142 +/- 6 to 129 +/- 5 mmHg, p less than 0.01), and significantly reduced double product [17.2 +/- 10.8 to 12.7 +/- 9 (x10(3), p less than 0.001]. Training was associated with a reduction of exercise-induced ST depression or angina (42 to 16%) which was not statistically significant. The mean resting by RNA ejection fraction was 50 +/- 3% prior to training and 51 +/- 3% after training. There was no significant change in overall Tl-201 defect score or the number of defect regions per patient scan comparing pre- and post-training scintigrams.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)[1]


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