Cardiopulmonary response to exercise in patients with neuromuscular diseases

Respiration. 1984;45(2):89-99. doi: 10.1159/000194605.


In order to evaluate the possible effects of respiratory muscle training in patients with neuromuscular disease, we examined the cardiopulmonary response in 13 patients and 17 healthy controls by recording flow volume curves, ECG and alveolar carbon dioxide levels and collecting mixed expiratory air in Douglas bags. The cardiopulmonary response of our patients was not significantly different from that of the controls, and therefore we see no reason to avoid muscle training in patients with such disease.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Electrocardiography*
  • Female
  • Heart Function Tests
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Physical Exertion*
  • Pulmonary Ventilation*
  • Respiration
  • Respiratory Function Tests