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Revista chilena de cardiología

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BASCUNAN, Carolina  y  CANCINO, Jorge. Benefits of exercise in patients with Pulmonary Artery Hypertension: a review. Rev Chil Cardiol [online]. 2016, vol.35, n.1, pp.56-64. ISSN 0718-8560.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-85602016000100008.

Pulmonary Artery Hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disorder characterized by an increased pressure in the main pulmonary arteries related to changes in the distal pulmonary arterial vasculature leading to an increased pulmonary vascular resistance1-3. A pressure overload of the right ventricle, dilation and hypertrophy follow.1-3. Fainting, leg edema and chest pain greatly interfere with daily activities and quality of life. Exercise has not routinely been used in these patients for concerns about a deterioration of pulmonary artery hemodynamics and right ventricular function. In some studies exercise has been reported to be safer in a supervised situation at home. Herein, we analyzed available evidence of the benefits of exercise through the increase in distance during de 6 min walk test, increment in oxygen consumption and improvement in quality of life in patients with PAH.

Palabras clave : pulmonary hypertension; exercise training; six-minute walk test; rehabilitation.

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