Vol 61, No 2 (2010)
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Cardiopulmonary functional capacity and the role of exercise in improving maximal oxygen consumption in women with PCOS

Agnieszka Lenarcik, Bożena Bidzińska-Speichert
Endokrynol Pol 2010;61(2):207-209.


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common reproductive disorder in premenopausal women and is frequently accompanied by the presence of cardiovascular risk factors. It has also been recognized that PCOS women are characterized by cardiopulmonary impairment. Reduced cardiopulmonary functional capacity and the autonomic dysfunction associated with abnormal heart rate recovery might be responsible for the increased cardiovascular risk in patients with PCOS. Exercise training has beneficial effects on cardiopulmonary functional capacity and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in PCOS women.
(Pol J Endocrinol 2010; 61 (2): 207-209)

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