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Early strength training using theraband exercises for phase-1 cardiac rehabilitation in a patient with a fractured femur: a case report


The effectiveness of exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation (CR) following an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is well established. However, ACS complicated by an orthopedic limitation, poses greater challenges to early mobilization. Thus, there is a need for an alternative rehabilitation approach to improving exercise capacity and in preventing and reducing associated complications during convalescence. This case report highlights the value and utility of using low level resistance exercises to the upper limb with theraband exercise during an inpatient or phase-1 CR program. A low intensity theraband regimen for the upper limb was administered basedon the number of repetitions performed to fatigue. The functional improvements observed and the ability of the patient to tolerate the therapy suggests a potential role for theraband exercises in phase-1 CR in ACS patients with selected orthopedic limitations.


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Bookwala, R.Y., Babu, A.S., Maiya, A.G. et al. Early strength training using theraband exercises for phase-1 cardiac rehabilitation in a patient with a fractured femur: a case report. Bull Fac Phys Ther 21, 94–96 (2016).

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  • angina
  • coronary artery disease
  • resistance exercise
  • theraband