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1 Associate Professor, Exercise Physiology Research Center, Life Style Institute, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Physiology Research Center, Life Style Institute, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Atherosclerosis Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


BACKGROUND: It has been indicated that the acute exercise increases the thrombotic events that stem from platelet hyper-reactivity. The present randomized controlled trial study was carried out with the aim to compare high-intensity interval exercise (HIIE) with moderate intensity continuous exercise (MICE) in terms of platelet indices and function in patients who had undergone post coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).METHODS: 30 men with a history of CABG were recruited and divided into 3 groups (MICE, HIIE-1, and HIIE-2). The MICE protocol consisted of running for 40 minutes with 65% of maximal heart rate (HRmax). Subjects in HIIE-1 group performed an interval exercise with work to rest ratio of 1:1 in which 10 rounds of running (95% HRmax) were followed by active recovery (35% HRmax). HIIE-2 subjects performed an interval exercise with work to rest ratio of 2:1 in which 7 rounds of running (85% HRmax) were followed by active recovery (45% HRmax). Before and immediately after the exercise protocols, blood samples were taken from subjects and analyzed to measure the variables.RESULTS: Although platelet count (PLT) and hematocrit (HCT) were increased significantly after HIIE-1 and HIIE-2 in comparison to MICE (P < 0.050), the other platelet indices [mean platelet volume (MPV), platelet distribution width (PDW), plateletcrit (PCT)] were not significantly changed among groups (P > 0.050). The platelet aggregation and fibrinogen were further increased after HIIE-1 and HIIE-2 as compared with MICE; however, such increment were significant between HIIE-2 and MICE (P < 0.050).CONCLUSION: It seems that HIIE, regardless of the type, has higher thrombotic potentials compared with MICE. Accordingly, MICE is safer than HIIE for rehabilitation in patients undergoing CABG.


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