Both aerobic and resistance exercise training may improve exercise tolerance in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). To date, only a few studies have reported the central haemodynamic response to aerobic exercise training in CHF patients [
]. None of these investigations, however, assessed the effect of exercise training on the power generating capacity of the heart in chronic CHF patients. Peak cardiac power output, as a direct indicator of overall cardiac function [
- Mezzani A.
- Corra U.
- Giannuzzi P.
Central adaptations to exercise training in patients with chronic heart failure.
Heart Fail Rev. 2008; 13: 13-20
] and cardiac pumping ability [
- Cotter G.
- Williams S.G.
- Vered Z.
- Tan L.B.
Role of cardiac power in heart failure.
Curr Opin Cardiol. 2003; 18: 215-222
], has been shown to be a most powerful predictor of prognosis and mortality in patients with CHF [
- Tan L.B.
Cardiac pumping capability and prognosis in heart failure.
Lancet. 1986; 13: 1360-1363
]. To date, the effect of aerobic or resistance exercise training on cardiac power output has not been evaluated in CHF patients. The present study aimed to provide further evidence for the use of exercise as a clinical therapy in CHF patients. Specifically, the present study assessed the effect of aerobic and resistance exercise training on cardiac power output and physical functional capacity in patients with CHF.
- Williams S.G.
- Cooke G.A.
- Wright D.J.
- et al.
Peak exercise cardiac power output: a indicator of cardiac function strongly predictive of prognosis in chronic heart failure.
Eur Heart J. 2001; 22: 1496-1503
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Published online: May 10, 2010
Accepted: April 17, 2010
Received: April 12, 2010
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