In this issue, we present you a literature review and four research reports mostly focused in cardiovascular patient management. First, Paul Ricard et al. bring to us their “Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research: The Year (2021) in Review’, where they found the most clinically relevant studies in 2021 that could have a direct impact in clinical practice. This manuscript is the written summary of their presentation in CSM 2022. Secondly, Heather Mckenna et al. compared the effects of ‘Move in Tube’ and standard sternal precautions in an inpatient rehabilitation facility. Their results suggest the revised sternal precautions could improve mobility in patients post cardiac surgery. On another important topic, Ann Fick et al. studied the application of the Functional Status Score of the Intensive Care Unit (FSS-ICU) to predict discharge location of patients post-left ventricular assistive device surgery. The authors were able to determine a cut-off score of 14 in the FSS-ICU to discharge patients to home. On the respiratory field, David Arnall et al. developed tribe-specific maximal respiratory pressure reference values for children 4 to 13 years from Hopi Native children attending Hopi Tribal Elementary Schools in Arizona. This study is an excellent example of physical therapists committed to diversity and inclusion. Finally, and form Dr. Sandra Billinger’s lab, Alicen Whitaker et al. used a combination of electronic medical record data and longitudinal measurements of resting middle cerebral artery blood velocity and cerebrovascular response. Their findings showed that physical activity during the hospital stay poststroke may support cerebrovascular health after discharge.
Alvaro N Gurovich, PT, PhD, FACSM