The European Journal of Preventative Cardiology has just published the Abstract of a study that looked to evaluate whether inspiratory muscle training (IMT) would improve exercise capacity, as well as left ventricular diastolic function, biomarker profile and quality of life in patients with advanced heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and nonreduced maximal inspiratory pressure (MIP).
The results revealed that the IMT group significantly improved their MIP, peak VO2, exercise oxygen uptake at anaerobic threshold, ventilator efficiency, metabolic equivalents and quality of life compared to the control group.
The study concluded therefore, “In HFpEF patients with low aerobic capacity and non-reduced MIP, IMT was associated with marked improvement in exercise capacity and QoL (quality of life).”
Read the full Abstract:
Patricia Palau, Eloy Domínguez, Eduardo Núñez et al
Patricia Palau, Cardiology Department, Hospital Clínico Universitario, Blasco Ibáñez 17, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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