Shu-Chun Huang

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BACKGROUND Abnormal ventilatory/hemodynamic responses to exercise contribute to functional impairment in patients with heart failure (HF). This study investigates how interval and continuous exercise regimens influence functional capacity by modulating ventilatory efficiency and hemodynamic function in HF patients. METHODS Forty-five HF patients were(More)
This investigation elucidated the underlying mechanisms of functional impairments in patients with heart failure (HF) by simultaneously comparing cardiac-cerebral-muscle hemodynamic and ventilatory responses to exercise among HF patients with various functional capacities. One hundred one patients with HF [New York Heart Association HF functional class II(More)
To evaluate the training effect of Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) in postural control and backward fall prevention in the elderly, balance assessment and visually guided lower limb response time were analyzed in a case-control study conducted in a community setting. Thirty-one elderly subjects (mean age: 68.2 ± 6.8 years) participated in the TCC group, 30(More)
Exercise is linked with the type/intensity-dependent adaptive immune responses, whereas hypoxic stress facilitates the programmed death of CD4 lymphocytes. This study investigated how high intensity-interval (HIT) and moderate intensity-continuous (MCT) exercise training influence hypoxia-induced apoptosis and autophagy of CD4 lymphocytes in sedentary men.(More)
Although high-intensity interval aerobic training (HIT) effectively improves aerobic fitness, the risk of cardiac arrest transiently increases during strenuous physical exertion in patients with cardiovascular disease. For safety and efficacy concerns, this investigation explored the effect of a modified HIT (mHIT) on exertional ventilatory-hemodynamic(More)
This study investigates how various hypoxic interventions affect cardiac autonomic activity and hemodynamic control during posture change and the Valsalva maneuver. Ten healthy sedentary men exposed to 12, 15 and 21% O2 for 1 h in a normobaric hypoxia chamber in a random order. Before and after various O2 concentrations were administered, subjects performed(More)
Sleep deprivation (SD) leads to cardiovascular risk by disturbing autonomic nervous system (ANS). Whether sex or menstrual cycle influences cardiac ANS interfered by SD remained unclear. This investigation was to further clarify the effects of different menstrual phases on cardiac autonomic nervous activity disturbed by SD. Methodologically, cardiac(More)
OBJECTIVE A subgroup of patients benefiting most from robot-assisted therapy (RT) has not yet been described. We examined the predictors of improved outcomes after RT. METHOD Sixty-six patients with stroke receiving RT were analyzed. The outcome measures were the Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA), Wolf Motor Function Test (WMFT), Motor Activity Log (MAL), and(More)
BACKGROUND Neuromuscular electric stimulation (NMES) induces repeated muscular contraction, possibly promoting the perfusion/oxygenation of the regional tissues. It remains unclear how NMES influences vascular hemodynamic property and segmental fluid distribution/composition in paretic extremities of hemiplegic patients. METHODS Eleven hemiplegic patients(More)
It remains unclear whether Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) instead of swimming yields a training-specific effect on dynamic balance. The objective of the present study is to test if the practice of TCC provides a distinctive benefit of balance in the elderly. The participants in TCC (n = 32) and swimming groups (n = 20) practiced regular swimming and TCC respectively(More)