Heart Failure and Heart Disease

A study concluded that Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) using an incremental endurance test, successfully increases both inspiratory strength and endurance, alleviates dyspnea and improves functional status in chronic heart failure1.

Another study concluded that in patients with chronic heart failure and inspiratory muscle weakness, Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) results in marked improvement in inspiratory muscle strength, as well as improvement in functional capacity, ventilatory response to exercise, recovery oxygen uptake kinetics, and quality of life2.

Inspiratory muscle training using an incremental endurance test alleviates dyspnea and improves functional status in patients with chronic heart failure

Inspiratory muscle training in patients with heart failure and inspiratory muscle weakness: a randomized trial

Breathing Effort in other Medical Conditions 

Any condition that prevents normal physical activity can lead to inspiratory muscle weakness, and in addition to asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT), such as with POWERbreathe, has been found to be helpful for managing other medical conditions, including chronic heart failure, postoperative pulmonary complications and inspiratory stridor.

Specific Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) of the muscles we use to breathe, such as with POWERbreathe, has been demonstrated to increase their strength, resistance to fatigue and reduce breathlessness, as well as being helpful in managing medical conditions including: