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Risk of Death After Heart Failure Lessened by Exercise

by Tanya Thomas on November 13, 2008 at 4:55 PM
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Risk of Death After Heart Failure Lessened by Exercise

Brisk daily exercise, even for short periods of 25 to 30 minutes, can bring about a considerable reduction in hospitalization or death risk in heart failure patients, a new study has opined.

The HF-ACTION trial (A Controlled Trial Investigating Outcomes Exercise TraiNing) led by Dr Christopher O'Connor, director of the Duke Heart Centre showed that exercising improved outcomes for patients who have suffered heart failure.

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The study was conducted over 2331 patients, who were randomized assigned a group that received usual care or to a group that received usual care plus an exercise training program that began under supervision but then transitioned to home-based, self-monitored workouts.

Patients in the exercise arm started out slowly, with a goal of three, 30-minute workout sessions three times per week.

After 18 sessions, they transitioned to workouts at home, with a goal of 40 minutes five days per week on a stationary bicycle or treadmill. Patients kept logs of their exercise times and heart rates.
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Based on the protocol-specified initial analysis, exercise training produced only a modest, non-significant reduction in the primary endpoint of all-cause hospitalization or all-cause death.

However a planned, secondary analysis took into account the strongest clinical factors predicting hospitalization or death and found that exercise was significantly beneficial.

They found that those in the exercise group had a significant, 15 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and hospitalization due to complications of heart failure.

The researchers hope the findings will finally put to rest long-held fears that exercise may be too risky for some patients.

"The most important thing we found from this study is that exercise is safe for patients with heart failure, and when adjustments were made for specific baseline characteristics, it significantly improved clinical outcomes," said O'Connor.

Source: ANI
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