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Effect Of Stress Testing And Exercise Training In Hemodialysis P. M. Zabetakis, G. W. Gleim, F. L. Pasternack,* A. J. Saraniti, M. F. Michelis,* J. A. Nicholas.Section of Nephrology and Institute of Sports Medicine. Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, N.Y. - last modified 2013-02-09 21:56
Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 11:101, 1979.


Eight chronic hemodialysis patients (HD) without evidence of atherosclerotic heart disease underwent a graduated treadmill stress test (T) to volitional fatigue. The mean age was 43.4+/-4.1 yr with a mean time on HD of 20.6+/-5.3 mo. Four completed 5 wks at 3x/wk of treadmill exercise training (ET). Four non-exercised patients acted as controls (NE). Stress test data before (T1) and after (T2) 5 wks revealed:

(mean +/- SD)

The ET group demonstrated a 25% improvement in VO2 and O2 pulse. We conclude that: (1) T and ET can be safely conducted in stable HD (2) ET resulted in both subjective and objective improvement in endurance, and (3) ET may be beneficial in helping rehabilitate hemodialysis patients.