The Somatic Connection  |   May 2017
Benefit of OMT in Patients Who Underwent Heart Surgery
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  • University of California, San Diego School of Medicine 
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The Somatic Connection   |   May 2017
Benefit of OMT in Patients Who Underwent Heart Surgery
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2017, Vol. 117, 332-333. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.061
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2017, Vol. 117, 332-333. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.061
Racca V, Bordoni B, Castiglioni P, Modica M, Ferratini M. Osteopathic manipulative treatment improves heart surgery outcomes: a randomized controlled trial. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017;pii:S0003-4975(16)31438-2. doi:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2016.09.110 [Epub ahead of print] 
Researchers from the Cardiology Rehabilitation Center at the Santa Maria Nascente Institute in Milan, Italy, evaluated the effects of osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMTh; manipulative care provided by foreign-trained osteopaths) combined with standard cardiorespiratory rehabilitation care compared with standard cardiorespiratory rehabilitation care alone for patients who underwent heart surgery. Eighty patients who underwent elective heart surgery using sternotomy for coronary artery bypass grafting, valve replacement or repair, or ascending aorta surgery were randomly assigned to the OMTh or standard care group on admission to the rehabilitation center. Patients were aged 18 years or older and capable of providing informed consent. Exclusion criteria included a history of heart surgery with minithoracotomy, heart transplant, or implantation of ventricular assistance; diabetes mellitus; autoimmune disease; or altered cognitive capabilities. The groups were evenly matched for age, sex, demographics, type of cardiac surgery, and comorbid conditions. 
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