Cardiac rehab can start as early as two weeks after sternotomy: study

Advice on return to exercise has been too restrictive as well as conflicting, researchers say

Patients undergoing median sternotomy during open-heart surgery can safely commence cardiac rehabilitation up to four weeks earlier than currently recommended, UK researchers suggest.

According to results from a clinical trial involving some 160 adults, starting post-sternotomy exercise training at two weeks was just as safe and effective as the typical time of six weeks.

“Social function and economic productivity can be restored more quickly, leading to a substantial positive effect on quality of

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