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Electrical muscle stimulation for chronic heart failure: an alternative tool for exercise training?
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PMID:  20446069     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Conventional exercise training has been shown conclusively to improve exercise capacity, quality of life, and even reduce mortality in chronic heart failure. Unfortunately, not all heart failure patients are suitable for conventional exercise programs for various reasons. The exciting new technique of electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) of large groups of muscles has been shown to produce a physiologic response consistent with cardiovascular exercise at mild to moderate intensities by increasing peak oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production, ventilatory capacity, and heart rate. Additionally, there is improvement in muscle strength. The handful of small studies that exist of home-based EMS training of leg muscles in heart failure show that EMS produces similar benefits to conventional exercise in improving exercise capacity, making EMS an alternative to aerobic exercise training in those that cannot undertake conventional exercise. The improvement seen in leg muscle strength promises also to improve mobility in this sedentary population.
Prithwish Banerjee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current heart failure reports     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1546-9549     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Heart Fail Rep     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-05-25     Completed Date:  2010-10-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101196487     Medline TA:  Curr Heart Fail Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  52-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry CV2 2DX, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Electric Stimulation Therapy*
Exercise Therapy*
Heart Failure / therapy*

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