By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
It’s always good to see an exercise test in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). It’s harder on the patients – kudos to them for participating in the study – but study after study has shown that exercise allows researchers to dig deeper into what’s going on.
Dr. Montoya of Stanford was the senior author and Kegan J. Moneghetti, a Stanford physician researcher focused on cardiovascular medicine, was the lead author. The idea – to explore what exercise did to ME/CFS patients’ immune and cardiovascular systems and metabolism – was a decidedly good one. We need as many exercise studies as we can get.
The paper stated that they used a submaximal exercise regimen to explore energy production (VO2 max, etc.), and the cardiovascular and immune systems. An echocardiograph measured left and/or ventricular mass, volume, wall thickness, pressure, stroke volume, etc. Vascular stiffness was measured before and after exercise using ultrasound. Fifty-one cytokine and growth factors were measured at baseline and 18 hours after exercise.
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