Exercise training has become increasingly important in the treatment of heart failure patients. It has long been known that the exercise tolerance of a patient with heart failure is related to his or her morbidity and mortality. Recently, it has been proved that exercise training improves cardiorespiratory function, functional statue, and psychosocial status of heart failure patients. It is unknown whether these improvements will improve morbidity and mortality but qualify of life appears to he enhanced. Subtle improvements in these areas may lead to a more satisfying and productive life for many heart failure patients. However, further investigation of the specific effects of such improvements is needed
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Heart Failure| May 01 1998
Exercise Training in Heart Failure: Inpatient and Outpatient Considerations
Lawrence P. Cahalin, MA, PT, CCS
From the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Science, Boston University; and the Cardiac Transplantation/Heart Failure Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
Reprint requests to Lawrence P. Cahalin MA, PT, CCS, Boston University, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Physical Therapy Department, 635 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1998) 9 (2): 225–243.
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Lawrence P. Cahalin; Exercise Training in Heart Failure: Inpatient and Outpatient Considerations. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1998; 9 (2): 225–243. doi:
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