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Journal of Basic and Clinical Health Sciences 2020 , Vol 4 , Issue 3
Effect of Tobacco Smoke Exposure on Functional Capacity, Respiratory Muscle Strength, and Physical Activity Level in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: A Preliminary Study
Buse Ozcan Kahraman1,Aylin Tanriverdi2,Ismail Ozsoy3,Serap Acar1,Can Sevinc4,Ebru Ozpelit5,Bahri Akdeniz5,Sema Savci1
1Dokuz Eyül University, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Izmir, Turkey
2Dokuz Eyül University, Graduate School of Health Sciences, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Izmir, Turkey
3Selçuk University, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Konya, Turkey
4Dokuz Eyül University, Department of Chest Disease, Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey
5Dokuz Eyül University, Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey
DOI : 10.30621/jbachs.2020.1247 Purpose: It is known that tobacco smoke exposure is a risk factor for the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). In addition, tobacco smoke exposure can cause numerous health problems. This study aimed to compare functional capacity, respiratory muscle strength, and physical activity level between the patients with PAH who have or do not have tobacco smoke exposure.

Methods: Seventeen patients with PAH who has tobacco smoke exposure and 20 nonsmoker patients were included in this cross-sectional study. Tobacco smoke exposure was defined as current smokers, ex-smokers, and passive smokers. The study outcomes included the maximal inspiratory and expiratory pressure measurement, 6-minute walk test, and physical activity.

Results: There was no significant difference for age, gender, body mass index, pulmonary arterial pressure, and functional class between the two groups (p>0.05). Inspiratory muscle strength (p=0.035), functional exercise capacity (p=0.040) and physical activity level (p=0.034) were lower in patients with tobacco smoke expose compared to the nonsmokers.

Conclusion: The results of this study showed that functional capacity, respiratory muscle strength, and physical activity level were significantly lower in patients with tobacco smoke expose than the nonsmoker patients with PAH. These findings suggest that tobacco smoking is not only associated with PAH risk but also numerous health problems, specifically important ones for this population. Keywords : pulmonary arterial hypertension, smoking, cigarette, exercise, rehabilitation