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Lower limb exercise generates pulsatile flow into the pulmonary vascular bed in the setting of the Fontan circulation

  • Rachael Cordina (a1) (a2), David S. Celermajer (a1) (a2) and Yves d’Udekem (a3) (a4) (a5)

Abstract

The absence of a subpulmonary ventricle in the Fontan circulation results in non-pulsatile pulmonary blood flow. Lower limb exercise in this setting can generate pulsatile pulmonary blood flow.

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Author for correspondence: Rachael Cordina, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, Department of Cardiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Missenden Rd, Camperdown, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Tel: +61 2 9515 6111; Fax: +61 2 9550 6262; E-mail: rachael.cordina@sydney.edu.au

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1. Cordina, RL, O’Meagher, S, Karmali, A, et al. Resistance training improves cardiac output, exercise capacity and tolerance to positive airway pressure in Fontan physiology. Int J Cardiol 2013; 168: 780788.

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