Exercise training in heart failure: from theory to practice: a consensus document of the Heart Failure Association and the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation

Piepoli, M. F. et al. (2011) Exercise training in heart failure: from theory to practice: a consensus document of the Heart Failure Association and the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. European Journal of Heart Failure, 13(4), pp. 347-357. (doi:10.1093/eurjhf/hfr017) (PMID:21436360)

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Abstract

The European Society of Cardiology heart failure guidelines firmly recommend regular physical activity and structured exercise training (ET), but this recommendation is still poorly implemented in daily clinical practice outside specialized centres and in the real world of heart failure clinics. In reality, exercise intolerance can be successfully tackled by applying ET. We need to encourage the mindset that breathlessness may be evidence of signalling between the periphery and central haemodynamic performance and regular physical activity may ultimately bring about favourable changes in myocardial function, symptoms, functional capacity, and increased hospitalization-free life span and probably survival. In this position paper, we provide practical advice for the application of exercise in heart failure and how to overcome traditional barriers, based on the current scientific and clinical knowledge supporting the beneficial effect of this intervention.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMurray, Professor John
Authors: Piepoli, M. F., Conraads, V., Corrà, U., Dickstein, K., Francis, D. P., Jaarsma, T., McMurray, J., Pieske, B., Piotrowicz, E., Schmid, J.-P., Anker, S. D., Solal, A. C., Filippatos, G. S., Hoes, A. W., Gielen, S., Giannuzzi, P., and Ponikowski, P. P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:European Journal of Heart Failure
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
ISSN:1388-9842
ISSN (Online):1879-0844

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