Physical fitness of patients after abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery
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Department of Rehabilitation, School of Health Sciences in Katowice, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
Bartosz Wnuk   

Katedra i Klinika Rehabilitacji Śląskiego Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Katowicach, ul. Ziołowa 45/47, 40-635 Katowice
Ann. Acad. Med. Siles. 2015;69:54–59
The study evaluated the effect of walking training on the physical training of people with a surgically treated abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in a short-term observation.

Materials and methods:
In a group of 60 patients, divided randomly into two groups with different models of physiotherapy, blood count parameters, 6-minute walk test variables, spirometry variables and quadriceps torque of the lower limbs were measured before and after the operation.

The statistical analysis of the studied variables indicates a physical reduction in both groups after surgery. Only a few parameters, such as energy expenditure MET, forced vital capacity FVC, quadriceps torque of the right lower extremity, support the physiotherapy model, extended by march training.

In patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, regardless of the type of physiotherapy carried out, there is a reduction in physical function after surgery. The results indicate the need to continue walking training after discharge from the hospital in the second stage of physiotherapy.

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