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, Massimo F; Conraads, Viviane; Corrà, Ugo; Dickstein, Kenneth; Francis, Darrel P; Jaarsma, Tiny; McMurray, John; Pieske, Burkert; Piotrowicz, Ewa; Schmid, Jean-Paul; Anker, Stefan D; Solal, Alain Cohen; Filippatos, Gerasimos S; Hoes, Arno W; Gielen, Stefan; Giannuzzi, Pantaleo; Ponikowski, Piotr P (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. 347-57. Oxford: Oxford University Press 10.1093/eurjhf/hfr017

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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:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Cardiovascular Disorders (DHGE) > Clinic of Cardiology

UniBE Contributor:

Schmid, Jean-Paul

ISSN:

1388-9842

Publisher:

Oxford University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:21

Last Modified:

17 Mar 2015 19:29

Publisher DOI:

10.1093/eurjhf/hfr017

PubMed ID:

21436360

Web of Science ID:

000288807800001

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/7241 (FactScience: 212429)

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