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Current activity guidelines for CABG patients are too restrictive: comparison of the forces exerted on the median sternotomy during a cough vs. lifting activities combined with valsalva maneuver.

Authors
  • Parker, R
  • Adams, J L
  • Ogola, G
  • McBrayer, D
  • Hubbard, J M
  • McCullough, T L
  • Hartman, J M
  • Cleveland, T
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2008
Volume
56
Issue
4
Pages
190–194
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1038470
PMID: 18481235
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Lifting even 40 lbs puts less force on the median sternotomy incision than a cough. The strength of the repair is significantly greater than is implied by the recommendation to "not lift more than 5 lbs".

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