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Physical rehabilitation improves health outcomes after pulmonary embolism

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Dr Stephan Nopp, Medical University Vienna, Austria
ISTH 2020
  Outpatient rehabilitation over 6 weeks improved functional constraints in patients who suffered from exertion dyspnoea after sustaining a pulmonary embolism [1]. Pulmonary embolism (PE) may have long-term effects on patient’s health status. Long-term consequences include decreased functional capacity with chronic exercise limitations that are observed in many patients. Dr Stephan Nopp (Medical University Vienna, Austria) and colleagues aimed to evaluate the possible benefits of outpatient physical rehabilitation for PE patients with persisting symptoms. The analysis included 22 patients with physical rehabilitation between 2012 and 2019 with a median age of 47.5 years, among them 32.8% women, and 57.1% had been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis when the PE happened. All of them suffered from dyspnoea upon exertion with a New York Heart Association (NYHA) ≥ class II, and 45.5% had arterial hypertension. The study subjec...

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