Developing protocols to improve physical activity in patients recovering from congestive heart failure
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Congestive heart failure (CHF) afflicts 5.8 million individuals in the U.S., and accounts for 1 million hospitalizations each year. In addition, CHF accounts for major morbidity, reduced quality of life, and greater healthcare costs for a significant portion of the U.S. and Wisconsin. There is strong evidence that managing CHF with light- and moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity can result in increased length and health-related quality of life. However, patient adherence to recommended physical activity is very low. On average, fewer than 10 percent of CHF patients achieve physician recommended goals to engage in regular exercise to relieve symptoms. There is also evidence that less than half of CHF patients who have enrolled in clinical trials to use exercise as an intervention for managing their condition achieve the target goals for activity within the rigorous structure of the trial. Through this project, investigators aim to develop protocols to improve planning, monitoring and adherence for physical activity in patients recovering from congestive heart failure (CHF).
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