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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2022.20.11.NQ66334

Efficacy of Early Rehabilitation of patient with Stroke after Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery: A Case Study

T. Bharaneedharan1* , S. Harithra2, Anbu Priya M3,Hariharan S3


An 53 yrs old female has undergone aortic valve replacement surgery for aortic stenosis and suddenly she developed neurological symptoms like hemiparesis in the course of ICU, within 48 hrs postoperatively. This present study focuses on physiotherapy management in the form of both cardiac and neurological rehabilitation with assessment. Physical therapy and exercises is central part of rehabilitation programme which involves specific, individualized treatment that helps in improving functional movement. This active rehabilitation emphasis on functional independence like self-care and transfers mainly and later emphasis with coordination and balance. The outcome is measured by Functional Independence Measure score on before and after rehabilitation. This early rehabilitation provides a vital role in improvement of patient functional independence and quality of life of those affected with acute stroke after cardiac surgery.


Aortic valve replacement, Cerebrovascular accident, Cardio-Vascular Thoracic surgery, Functional Independence Measure, Post- Operative Day, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, Range of Motion, Strengthening exercises.

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