There is limited research to support the effect of exercise adherence on clinical outcomes in patients with heart failure (HF). This secondary analysis was conducted on the intervention arm of an exercise training study in patients with HF to assess whether adherence and the dose of treatment exposure were associated with clinical outcomes, functional performance [...]
Long-term reliability of the incremental shuttle walking test in clinically stable cardiovascular disease patients.
The purpose of this study was to examine long-term test-retest reliability of the ISWT in clinically stable cardiac patients. Thirty patients with cardiovascular disease (15 males, 15 females; age 55 to 80 years) volunteered to participate in the study.Participants undertook two ISWTs, a minimum of 8 weeks apart. Overall, the mean distance walked in the [...]
Branchburg, NJ based HealthFrontier has announced the launch of their ecgAnywhere Portable ECG monitor. The device can record a 12 lead ECG in real time, and can display readings on its built in LCD screen. The ecgAnywhere can also interface with HealthFrontier’s Remote Health Monitoring System (RHMS), and ECG data uploaded to RHMS is stored [...]
Assessment of the effects of physical training in patients with chronic heart failure: the utility of effort-independent exercise variables.
Traditionally, the effects of physical training in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) are evaluated by changes in peak oxygen uptake. The assessment of peak VO(2), however, is highly dependent on the patients’ motivation. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the clinical utility of effort-independent exercise variables for detecting training effects in [...]
Effect of Intensive Outpatient Physical Training on Gait Performance and Cardiovascular Health in People With Hemiparesis After Stroke.
The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of intensive physical training on gait performance and cardiovascular health parameters in people with stroke in the chronic stage. Fourteen people with hemiparesis after cerebrovascular injury (mean age=58.4 years, mean time since injury=25 months) participated in a 12-week training intervention, 5 times per week for [...]
Home based versus centre based cardiac rehabilitation: Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis.
This Cochrane review was completed to compare the effect of home based and supervised centre based cardiac rehabilitation on mortality and morbidity, health related quality of life, and modifiable cardiac risk factors in patients with coronary heart disease. The review included publications from 2001 – January 2008.Â Twelve studies (1938 participants) were included. Most studies recruited [...]
A retrospective examination of data in a cohort of 10590 patients admitted for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery between 2003 and 2007 was examined to determine body mass index (BMI).Â Regression analysis was conducted to determine whether BMI was an independent predictor of morbidity and mortality after CABG. The results found that CABG patients in [...]
Older adults who walk slowly are three times more likely to die of heart disease than those who walk at a faster pace, a new study reports. Although the reasons for this link aren’t entirely clear, the researchers suggest doctors regularly test older patients’ walking speed for an early indication of heart and circulation problems. [...]
Inspiratory muscle strength as a determinant of functional capacity early after coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
Â The objective of this study was toÂ evaluate the effects of a 6-day postoperative in-hospital cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program on inspiratory muscle strength and its potential association with improved functional capacity after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.Â Twenty Â men were randomisedÂ to receive either usual care or a six-dayÂ cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programÂ following CABG.Â The rehabilitationÂ included the use of expiratory [...]
Inspiratory Muscle Training Improves Oxygen Uptake Efficiency Slope in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure.
Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) improves exercise capacity and ventilatory responses to exercise in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) with inspiratory muscle weakness (IMW). This stuidy analyzed the effects of IMT on the oxygen uptake efficiency slope (OUES) in this patient population. Thirty-two CHF patients with IMW were randomly assigned to either a 12-week program [...]