Functional and muscular effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation in patients with severe COPD: a randomized clinical trial.

@article{Vivodtzev2012FunctionalAM,
  title={Functional and muscular effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation in patients with severe COPD: a randomized clinical trial.},
  author={Isabelle Vivodtzev and Richard Debigar{\'e} and Philippe Gagnon and Vincent Mainguy and Didier Saey and Annie Dub{\'e} and M E Par{\'e} and Marthe B{\'e}langer and François Maltais},
  journal={Chest},
  year={2012},
  volume={141 3},
  pages={716-725}
}
BACKGROUND The mechanisms through which neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) training may improve limb muscle function and exercise tolerance in COPD are poorly understood. We investigated the functional and muscular effects of NMES in advanced COPD. METHODS Twenty of 22 patients with COPD were randomly assigned to NMES (n = 12) or sham (n = 8) training in a double-blind controlled study. NMES was performed on quadriceps and calf muscles, at home, 5 days per week for 6 weeks… CONTINUE READING

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