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[Main features of cardiovascular rehabilitation in post-acute Covid-19]

JENEI Zoltán1, HORVÁTH Judit1

FEBRUARY 24, 2022

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2022;32(01-02)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.33616/lam.32.002

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[The COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 is a significant challenge worldwide. Cornerstones of in-patient management of this pandemic which harms predominantly the respiratory system are the acute and intensive care. However, the rehabilitation plays a key role in improving the functional status and quality of life of survivors and reducing the impact of complications. As estimated, 40-50% of discharged patients require some form of medical support and 4-5% of them require inpatient rehabilitation. In addition to the respiratory system involvement, cardiovascular effects caused by COVID-19 (heart failure and myocarditis, acute coronary syndrome, arrhythmia, venous thromboembolism) are part of the ongoing systemic inflammatory processes and may affect 7-28% of hospitalized patients and lead to long-term deterioration in quality of life and loss of work capacity. Based on available scientific databases, expert consensus and the recommendations of European professional societies, this summary presents the recommended method, conditions and intensity of post-Covid cardiac rehabilitation including physical training exercises. The summary concerns also the recommended conditions for re­turn to work and sporting activities. Struc­tured exercise training is a very important and low-risk component of cardiac rehabilitation, reducing cardiovascular complications, thromboembolic complications, sys­temic inflammation and mortality, improving functional recovery and endothelial function. The planning of physical training should be preceded by a complex assessment of patients. Assessments of risk, capacity and function are needed to select the intensity, frequency and mode of indivi­dualized training. This should be combined with appropriate secondary preventive medication, monitoring, diet therapy and psychotherapy in accordance with respected principle of gradual progression. Finally, the consensus recommendations suggest that home-based and tele-rehabilitation should play a prominent role, considering the epidemiological and capacity constraints that also affect rehabilitation. ]

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  1. Debreceni Egyetem, Klinikai Központ, Orvosi Rehabilitáció és Fizikális Medicina Tanszék és Klinika

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