Journal article

Effect of eccentric exercise on quality of life and function in people with chronic heart failure: a pilot randomised controlled trial

Rachel E Ellis, Karen J Dodd, Anne E Holland, Kwang Lim, Mark Tacey, Nora Shields

DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

PURPOSE: To determine if eccentric exercise was effective, safe and feasible in increasing function and quality of life in people with heart failure compared to usual care and a waitlist control group. METHODS: A prospective, three-armed, parallel-design, assessor-blind, pilot randomised controlled trial with 1:1:1 allocation. Forty-seven participants (16 female; mean age 66 years) with mild to moderate heart failure were randomly allocated to either eccentric exercise, concentric exercise or a waitlist control group. Participants in the exercise groups completed twice-weekly exercise for eight weeks. Primary outcome was walking capacity. Secondary outcomes were quality of life, leg strength..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: this work was supported in part by a Northern Health Small Research Grant.