What is it about?

This study aims to assess whether regular handgrip exercise (using squeeze ball) will increase the forearm vein size in patients with advanced kidney disease.

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Why is it important?

We showed that there is significant increase in the size of cephalic veins after patients underwent isometric handgrip exercise over a short period. As larger cephalic vein diameter is associated with an increase in successful radiocephalic fistula maturation, we suggest that handgrip exercise should be offered to all patients with advanced kidney disease planned for AVF creation, in particular, those with cephalic vein diameter of <2.5mm.

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This page is a summary of: Effect of isometric handgrip exercise on the size of cephalic veins in patients with stage 3 and 4 chronic kidney disease: A randomized controlled trial, The Journal of Vascular Access, October 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1129729819879314.
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