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Effectiveness of physical activity on selected biochemical parameters of patients on hemodialysis

Amirtha Santhi S, Rebecca Samson, Srikanth, Pethuru D.


Background: Lack of physical activity is considered as a major risk factor for global mortality, especially for cardiovascular diseases. Regular assessment of physical functioning is recommended for patients on hemodialysis.

Aims and Objectives: This study aimed to observe the effectiveness of physical activity on selected biochemical parameters of patients on hemodialysis.

Materials and Methods: The present experimental study was conducted at dialysis unit at Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry. A total of 14 patients including males and females who were undergoing hemodialysis at selected hospital and who fulfill the selection criteria were included in the present study.

Results: Results showed that physical activity of the extremities for 15 min duration leads to positive changes in the selected biochemical parameters and also increased hemoglobin levels significantly.

Conclusion: The exercise program could also increase the hemoglobin. Further detailed studies with higher sample size are recommended to support the use of exercise programs during a hemodialysis.

Key words: Physical Activity; Biochemical Parameters; Hemodialysis

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