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Exercise training in elderly patients with chronic heart failure.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9919425     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Physical training currently constitutes an important part of treatment of heart failure patients. So far, no data are available on the effects of regular exercise in elderly (aged > 65 years) heart failure patients. METHODS: In a prospective trial, patients with chronic heart failure (New York Heart Association class II and III) were randomly assigned to a training group and a control group. Patients in the training group performed additional exercises three times a week, while patients in the control group continued regular treatment. To analyse the influence of age, both groups were subdivided into subjects younger than and older than 65 years. The effect of training on exercise parameters was evaluated by means of a treadmill test. Quality of life aspects were evaluated with the help of the Heart Patients Psychological Questionnaire and a single-question Self Awareness of General Well-Being test. RESULTS: Comparison of changes between groups revealed that training increased the duration of the exercise test and improved aspects of quality of life in the trained patients aged both younger than and older than 65 years. CONCLUSION: Exercise training is equally effective in patients aged younger than and older than 65 years.
R P Wielenga; I A Huisveld; E Bol; P H Dunselman; R A Erdman; M R Baselier; W L Mosterd
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Coronary artery disease     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0954-6928     ISO Abbreviation:  Coron. Artery Dis.     Publication Date:  1998  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-03-24     Completed Date:  1999-03-24     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9011445     Medline TA:  Coron Artery Dis     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  765-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, Ignatius Hospital, Breda.
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
Exercise Therapy*
Heart Failure / physiopathology,  therapy*
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Erratum In:
Coron Artery Dis 1999;10(1):57

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