Abstract 9945: Early Ambulation After an Initial Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is Safe and Efficacious

@inproceedings{Dougherty2015Abstract9E,
  title={Abstract 9945: Early Ambulation After an Initial Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is Safe and Efficacious},
  author={Cynthia M. Dougherty and Emily T. Lau and Robert L. Burr and E. Aubrey Thompson},
  year={2015}
}
Introduction: Early ambulation after hospitalization accelerates return to physical functioning and reduces post-hospital complications. After an ICD, patients are discharged with activity restrictions to prevent lead dislodgement, but evidence-based recommendations for safe exercise are not in place. Methods: Using a single group pre-post design, 225 patients after an initial ICD were prescribed a nurse-monitored home based walking program at hospital d/c and were followed for 3 months. The… CONTINUE READING

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