International Urology and Nephrology

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 1133–1141 | Cite as

Effects of exercise training on physical impairment, arterial stiffness and health-related quality of life in patients with chronic kidney disease: a pilot study

  • Stefan MustataEmail author
  • Sharon Groeneveld
  • Warren Davidson
  • Gordon Ford
  • Kristal Kiland
  • Braden Manns
Nephrology – Original Paper



Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have impaired performance in physical tasks, lower health-related quality of life and high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Moderate intensity exercise has been shown to provide cardiovascular and metabolic benefits in healthy individuals and patients without CKD. Long-term exercise training is recommended as a vital component in the management of a number of chronic diseases. This randomized controlled pilot project examined the effects of exercise in predialysis CKD patients.


Ten patients were randomized to 12 months of exercise (EX) and 10 to standard care (CT). We compared the difference between the two groups in physical impairment (VO2peak and endurance time [ET]), arterial stiffness (augmentation index [AI]) and health-related quality of life (EuroQol EQ-5D and Short Form-36 questionnaires) (all measured at baseline and 12 months).


The difference between EX and CT was statistically significant for VO2peak (3.59 ml O2/kg/min; 95% CI 0.92, 6.26; P = 0.01), ET (10.97 min; 95% CI 4.34, 17.59; P = 0.003) and AI (−11.7%; 95% CI −18.79, −4.61; P = 0.003). Clinically important changes were noted in EQ-5D and SF-36.


This study suggests that long-term exercise training improves physical impairment, arterial stiffness and health-related quality of life in patients with predialysis CKD. A larger randomized trial is required to examine the impact of exercise on markers of cardiovascular risk and quality of life in predialysis CKD patients.


Arterial stiffness Chronic kidney disease Exercise capacity Exercise training Health-related quality of life Physical impairment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Mustata
    • 1
    • 5
    Email author
  • Sharon Groeneveld
    • 4
  • Warren Davidson
    • 2
  • Gordon Ford
    • 2
  • Kristal Kiland
    • 3
  • Braden Manns
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Nephrology, Department of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Division of Respirology, Department of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  3. 3.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  4. 4.Alberta Health ServicesCalgaryCanada
  5. 5.Rockyview General HospitalCalgaryCanada

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