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A longitudinal study of quality of life in patients with chronic heart failure following an exercise training program.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19398374     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Chronic heart failure (CHF) will become one of the greatest medical challenges during the next decades. This is especially true with regard to elderly patients. Besides medical diagnostics and drug therapy, efficient treatment of CHF must also include exercise training. AIMS: The purpose of our study was 1) to record health-related quality of life (QOL) in elderly patients with CHF and 2) to assess the efficacy of a training program, as well as to evaluate any changes detected during a six month follow-up. METHODS: In our non-randomized study, 116 patients, divided according to age into Group 1 (>70 years) and Group 2 (<70 years), took part in a 4-week training program. RESULTS: There were differences in the clinical parameters and the QOL between the older and the younger patients both after 4 weeks and at the follow-up. After six months, however, the older patients again recorded having an inferior QOL to that of the younger patients. CONCLUSION: Elderly patients can also benefit from physical exercise training, with improvement in clinical parameters and QOL. In order to maintain the subjectively improved QOL in the long term, however, continued special heart failure education and support is required.
Eckart Miche; Elisabeth Roelleke; Bettina Zoller; Ulrike Wirtz; Melanie Schneider; Maria Huerst; Manfred Amelang; Andrea Radzewitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article     Date:  2009-04-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cardiovascular nursing : journal of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing of the European Society of Cardiology     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1873-1953     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs     Publication Date:  2009 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-05     Completed Date:  2010-01-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101128793     Medline TA:  Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  281-7     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
MediClin Reha-Zentrum Gernsbach, 76593 Gernsbach, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / diagnosis
Chronic Disease
Depression / diagnosis
Exercise Therapy / organization & administration*
Follow-Up Studies
Heart Failure / psychology*,  rehabilitation*,  ultrasonography
Longitudinal Studies
Middle Aged
Patient Care Team
Patient Education as Topic*
Program Evaluation
Quality of Life*
Treatment Outcome

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