On 19th September POWERbreathe friend and distributor in Switzerland, Health MG, attended this 3-day training workshop on Rehabilitation and Long Term Management of Heart Failure Patients, at University Hospital, Switzerland.
Regular physical exercise for patients with heart failure is recommended in the guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology as it could ultimately lead to positive changes in myocardial function, symptoms, functional capacity and probably survival. But physical activity is poorly implemented in daily clinical practice.
The aim of the course was to demonstrate the art of exercise training and secondary prevention as well as the interplay between key elements of long term management of heart failure patients.
The workshop was aimed at cardiac rehab physicians, heart failure specialists, cardiologists and GP’s, physiotherapists, sports scientists and nurses and included many aspects of exercise training and testing, including POWERbreathe respiratory muscle training.
The workshop summarised the most current evidence of the benefits of exercise training in patients with heart failure, with practical advice for long-term management, assessment of exercise capacity and the application of different exercise modalities.
POWERbreathe respiratory muscle training has been used as a stand-alone therapy and in cardiac rehabilitation in patients with heart failure and heart disease. Because patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) experience a restrictive pattern of lung function due to pulmonary hypertension, their lung ‘stiffness’ increases the load on their respiratory muscles and makes a significant contribution to their breathlessness. Respiratory muscle training has been shown to successfully increase inspiratory strength and endurance, alleviate breathlessness (dyspnea) and improve functional status in chronic heart failure. POWERbreathe training will only provide a very low cardiovascular strain, making it suitable for the most physically compromised patients and those who’re too ill for rehabilitation.
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