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CASE REPORT
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 118-122

Delivery of acute rehabilitation to a postcoronary artery bypass graft COVID-19 patient in a pandemic environment


1 Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
2 Department of Cardiac Surgery, Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
3 Department of Cardiac Anesthesia, Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
4 Department of Nursing, Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

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Mr. Praveen Jayaprabha Surendran
Department of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/heartviews.heartviews_101_21

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During the first wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, a 57-year-old COVID-19 male patient was diagnosed with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction and required urgent coronary artery bypass graft. In-patient cardiac rehabilitation following cardiac surgery was inevitable to limit or prevent various postoperative complications. A routine rehabilitation program was not feasible because of the strict COVID-19 isolation procedures, the high risk of cross infections, and the lack of various resources. Moreover, the detrimental effects of COVID-19 infection on multiple body systems reduced his exercise tolerance, limiting his engagement in physical activity. This case report highlights the various challenges encountered during the rehabilitation of these patients and strategies adopted to overcome them, illustrating the feasibility of a modified rehabilitation program to ensure early functional recovery.


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