Journal article

Effects of Supervised Early Resistance Training versus standard care on cognitive recovery following cardiac surgery via median sternotomy (the SEcReT study): protocol for a randomised controlled pilot study

Jacqueline MS Pengelly, Alistair G Royse, Adam L Bryant, Gavin P Williams, Lynda J Tivendale, Timothy J Dettmann, David J Canty, Colin F Royse, Doa A El-Ansary

Trials | BMC | Published : 2020


INTRODUCTION: Mild cognitive impairment is considered a precursor to dementia and significantly impacts upon quality of life. The prevalence of mild cognitive impairment is higher in the post-surgical cardiac population than in the general population, with older age and comorbidities further increasing the risk of cognitive decline. Exercise improves neurogenesis, synaptic plasticity and inflammatory and neurotrophic factor pathways, which may help to augment the effects of cognitive decline. However, the effects of resistance training on cognitive, functional and overall patient-reported recovery have not been investigated in the surgical cardiac population. This study aims to determine the..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study is supported by a University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery Seeding grant. The grant awarder had no role in the design of the study; data collection, analysis or interpretation of data; and in the writing of the manuscript.Access to resistance training equipment and assessment facilities is provided in kind support by Kieser Australia.