Study to Test Exercise in Heart Failure Patients

by Joy Keller on May 01, 2007

The results of a new international study may support your efforts to design programs for clients who have experienced heart failure (and who have a doctor’s release). The “largest randomized clinical trial of exercise training ever performed” is now underway, involving 83 sites that will test 3,000 people to determine whether exercise is good for heart failure patients.

Although doctors have promoted exercise as valuable for a variety of disorders, “exercise training has not been definitively established as safe in the group of patients who primarily have heart failure,” said Dalane W. Kitzman, MD, a cardiologist and the principal investigator at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, in a press release.

“Controlled clinical trials have shown that exercise training improves physiological measurements” such as the distance that patients can walk in 6 minutes, researchers said after analyzing 14 trials. “None of these trials enrolled a sufficient number of patients to properly evaluate the impact of exercise training on death and hospitalization.” Kitzman added that the current trial “represents a critical step in establishing exercise as a therapy for patients with left ventricular dysfunction” (reduced heart contractions).

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Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master. Joy joined IDEA Health & Fitness Association in 2002, and brought with her a wealth of information about how to fine-tune communication channels, after having spent her formative career years specializing in business-to-business journalism. Before she even graduated with honors from the respected University of Georgia journalism school, Joy was offered a job at one of the most successful trade publishing companies in the southeast, Shore Varrone, Inc. She made her mark in the automotive aftermarket industry as a creative thinker and journalist with an intuitive knack for researching and understanding niche audiences. Joy has worked on several titles, including Auto Trim & Restyling News, Truck Accessory News, Digital Output Magazine, Retail & Construction News, Miata magazine, Ford Racing, and many more. Her passion, however, lies with health and fitness. She was the associate editor of ACE Certified News while working at the American Council on Exercise, and transitioned that publication from a newsletter to a magazine. She has enjoyed 17 years at IDEA, where she has launched several publications, including the award-winning Inner IDEA Body-Mind Spirit Review, IDEA Pilates Today and IDEA Fit Business Success. Joy is a content creator and media 2.0 advocate who takes pride in discovering the unique information needs of qualified audiences, and she is dedicated to serving those needs while following the highest available standards.