Prevention Research Center to study benefits of home-based exercise in heart failure

The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, part of the Yale School of Medicine, has been awarded a two-year, nearly $200,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to investigate the benefits of a home-based exercise program for patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF).

The study will determine the effectiveness of a tailored, home-based exercise regimen on quality of life and functional capacity, and will measure such outcomes as hospitalization rates, emergency department visits and quality of life.

"This study is very exciting," said principal investigator David L. Katz, M.D., associate clinical professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale School of Medicine "because it explores a way to improve health and function in heart failure patients without relying solely on medication. We also hope to show that this approach is financially practical, meaning that heart failure care costs less with this program than without it."

The current study builds on the success of a Chronic Disease Management Program for Heart Failure, developed by Griffin Hospital, and studied by Katz and colleagues. Results of the study, published in the scientific journal Disease Management, showed that the program significantly reduced emergency room visits, hospital admissions, length of hospital stays and costs of care over a one-year period. Participants in the current study will receive the program of individualized case management, with or without the addition of the exercise program. A physical activity/cardiac rehabilitation specialist will supervise each participant's exercise program.

"Physical activity has known benefit in heart failure," said Katz, who is director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. "We anticipate that this program can help patients stay active and thereby provide significant health benefits. We hope that adults living in the area who have congestive heart failure

Contact: Karen N. Peart
Yale University

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