Exercise during dialysis could improve both the quality of life and cardiac health of patients with chronic kidney disease

Getting patients suffering from kidney disease to cycle a modified exercise bike for 30 minutes, three times a week, while receiving dialysis could benefit their cardiac health – at least that’s the theory. Researchers in the UK based at the University of Leicester have been awarded £1.1 million to put the idea to the test in a five year study.

“There is something unique about patients with kidney disease who have very vulnerable hearts and so we need to start thinking outside the box to develop new therapies to reduce their risk of heart disease,” explained James Burton, Senior Lecturer in Renal Medicine and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist at the University of Leicester and Leicester General Hospital, who leads the team.

James introduces the work in the following audio clip –

Further reading –

Exercise provides hope for kidney disease patients and their vulnerable hearts (University of Leicester)