Valutazione ergospirometrica di 53 esercizi a corpo libero impiegati nella riabilitazione cardiologica.

Translated title of the contribution: Ergospirometric evaluation of 53 physical exercises used in cardiological rehabilitation

C. Opasich, M. Zanin, J. Assandri, M. T. Larovere, M. Pozzoli, R. Tramarin, E. Traversi, F. Cobelli

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Fifty-three calisthenics used in a cardiac rehabilitation program were evaluated in a group of patients who, 30-60 days after myocardial infarction, had undergone a multistage symptom-limited bicycle exercise test without S-T segment modifications or arrhythmias. The following measurements were made oxygen uptake (VO2), oxygen uptake/Kg (VO2/Kg), ventilation/m' (VE), heart rate/m' (HR), systolic blood pressure (sBP) and METS. A good correlation was observed during the physical exercises between HR and VO2 (r = 0.59; p less than 0.001) and between HR and VO2/Kg (r = 0.64; p less than 0.001). Such correlation was similar to that observed during bicycle ergometric test. Lower values were obtained for the correlations between sBP and both VO2 and VO2/Kg, but they were still statistically significant (p less than 0.001). Heart rate and sBP were lower during calisthenics than during bicycle exercise from a VO2 level of 600-800 ml up. It is therefore possible to tailor a safe training program based on calisthenics whose level of energy expenditure is known: HRxsBP reached during such physical exercises will be lower than during bicycle ergometric test, VO2 being equal.

Translated title of the contributionErgospirometric evaluation of 53 physical exercises used in cardiological rehabilitation
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)249-259
Number of pages11
JournalGiornale Italiano di Cardiologia
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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