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Phase 1 cardiovascular rehabilitation: be aggressive?

Vitor Oliveira Carvalho

Author Affiliations

Laboratório de Insuficiência Cardíaca e Transplante do Instituto do Coração do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP (InCor HC-FMUSP), São Paulo, Brazil

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2011, 6:140  doi:10.1186/1749-8090-6-140

Published: 17 October 2011

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

It is well known that the most common respiratory complications after cardiac surgery are related to sternotomy, extracorporeal circulation and its inflammatory reaction [1]. Phase 1 cardiovascular rehabilitation is widely indicated to minimize the adverse effects of cardiac surgery, including respiratory function [2,3]. However, is there a critical day to physiotherapists?