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Physical activity and exercise recommendations for patients with valvular heart disease
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    Correspondence on “Physical activity and exercise recommendations for patients with valvular heart disease” by Chatrath et al
    • Sahrai Saeed, Consultant Cardiologist Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
    • Other Contributors:
      • Ronak Rajani, Consultant Cardiologist

    To the Editor We read with interest the review article “Physical activity and exercise recommendations for patients with valvular heart disease” by Doctors Nikhil Chatrath and Michael Papadakis, which was published in a recent edition of Heart.1 The focused clinical review is particularly useful for physicians and other health care workers dealing with patients with valvular heart disease (VHD). However, we would like to share some additional thoughts based upon our own experiences from Heart Valve Clinics and our previous publications derived from the EXTAS (exercise testing in aortic stenosis) cohort study.2 Indeed, some notions in their work, were previously explored by us in the EXTAS study and deserve mention. We showed that exercise testing (modified Bruce protocol) was safe, tolerable and revealed symptoms not confirmed on the history in approximately 40% of patients with asymptomatic severe and 24% moderate AS.2 Serial exercise testing added incremental prognostic information to baseline testing. Furthermore, in another follow-up study we showed that an early rapid rise in heart rate (defined as achieving at least 85% of target heart rate or ≥50% increase from baseline within the first 6 min) was associated with revealed symptoms later in the test and an increased risk of death in moderate AS in the following 2 years.3 We speculated that rapid risk in heart rate was probably a compensation for a fall in stroke volume to maintain cardiac output in early exercise whi...

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