Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Evaluation of Aerobic Exercise Capacity and Daily Functioning of Patients with Cystic Fibrosis

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Evaluation of Aerobic Exercise Capacity and Daily Functioning of Patients with Cystic Fibrosis

Article excerpt

Exercise capacity of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) is a useful parameter of disease status and progress. In Israel, there is no data on exercise capacity and daily function levels of CF patients.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate exercise capacity in a cohort of patients with CF.

Methods: Patients (age S12 yrs) treated at the Center for Cystic Fibrosis, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center, Mt Scopus Campus in Jerusalem, underwent a cardiopulmonary exercise test, a six minute walk test and filled-in physical activity questionnaire. Correlations between test results were statistically analyzed.

Results: 30 patients (16 males, 14 females, mean age: 21.6 years+ 6.9) completed the study. Pulmonary function testing revealed mean FEVi% of 86.5% + 14.32 (63%-124%). Exercise tests showed mean "6 minutes walk" test distance(m) of 615.41+ 9.98, mean V02 max (ml/min/kg) for males: 47+9.2; mean V02 Max (ml/min/kg) and for females: 33.85+ 5.2. According to the questionnaires, mean total time (min per week) of physical activity was 171.63 +7.5.

Conclusion: CF patients engaged in physical activity during the week at a low to moderate intensity. …

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