Shyi-Kuen Wu

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OBJECTIVE The autonomic dysfunction is known to adversely affect clinical outcome in patients with cardiovascular disease, and exercise training has been shown to modify the sympathovagal control of heart rate. The purposes of this study were to investigate the effect of cardiac rehabilitation on heart rate recovery in patients who received coronary artery(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of cardiac rehabilitation on the recovery of heart rate over 1 min after peak exercise of patients who received coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. DESIGN Thirty subjects who received CABG surgery were randomly assigned to enter or not enter a cardiac rehabilitation exercise programme (cardiac rehabilitation n =(More)
The insufficient exploration of intervertebral translation during flexion and extension prevents the further understanding of the cervical biomechanics and treating the cervical related dysfunction. The objective of this study was to quantitatively measure the continuous intervertebral translation of healthy cervical spine during flexion and extension by(More)
The evaluation of the range of motion (ROM) and static posture in the cervical spine are important in physical examination. Despite offering dynamic assessment without radiation, the video-based motion analysis system has not yet been applied to measure the cervical segmental movements. The purposes of this study were to develop a neck model to(More)
BACKGROUND Muscular tightness is a common clinical musculoskeletal disorder and is regarded as a predisposing factor for muscle injuries. In this study, a two-way mixed design ANOVA was applied to investigate the effects of the gastrocnemius tightness on the joint angle and joint work during walking. METHODS Twenty-two patients with muscular tightness of(More)
Tophi typically occur many years after uncontrolled gout. Therefore, their development before gout remains unusual. Such patients might exhibit some characteristic differences compared with typical tophaceous gout patients. In this study, 65 tophaceous gout patients with tophi as the first sign of gout (tophi-first group) were enrolled. Their clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE Age of onset of gout has recently decreased; however, patients with early-onset gout remain uncommon, and relevant information is scant. We hypothesized that these patients might exhibit differences in serum urates and other comorbidities compared with adult-onset patients. METHODS Early-onset gout patients (i.e., juveniles) with (n = 40) and(More)
Postural control is organized around a task goal. The two most frequently used types of tasks for postural control research are translational (translation along the anterior-posterior axis) and rotational (rotation in sagittal plane) surface perturbations. These types of perturbations rotate the ankle joint, causing different magnitudes and directions of(More)
STUDY DESIGN A blind, repeated-measure design was employed in the study. OBJECTIVE To quantitatively measure the percentage contribution of segmental angular motion during different motion ranges of cervical flexion-extension for clinical applications and better understanding of cervical biomechanics. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Restriction of cervical(More)
PURPOSE Traditionally, the measurement of the maximal mouth opening was regarded as the mobility of the temporomandibular joint. The information, however, was not reliable. Sonography was often used to diagnose disc displacement in the temporomandibular joint and its validity was well established. The tool was also appropriate for measuring the outcome of(More)