Fontan Publications

Ancillary Studies:
  • Sustained Effects of Cardiac Rehabilitation in Children with Serious Congenital Heart Disease. J. Rhodes, Pediatrics 2006; 118(3):e586-593.
    Previous studies have shown immediate benefits when children with congenital heart disease are enrolled in a cardiac rehabilitation (exercise) program. This study aimed to see if the benefits lasted after the exercise program ended. The results showed, compared with children who did not undergo cardiac rehabilitation after the Fontan procedure, children who did participate had significant improvements in exercise function, behavior, self-esteem and emotional state 6 months after their program ended.
  • Impact of Cardiac Rehabilitation on the Exercise Function of Children with Serious Congenital Heart Disease. J. Rhodes, Pediatrics 2005; 116(6):1339-1345.
    Children with congenital heart disease (CHD) often can’t exercise as well as their peers. Part of this may be due to their heart defect and part may be that they may not be very physically active. A 12-week cardiac rehabilitation program was designed to see if children could improve their ability to exercise safely. Sixteen patients completed the program. Improvements were found in 15 of 16 patients and no patient had any heart problems from the exercise.