The case for using aerobic exercise training in heart failure patents is unequivocal, but often impaired muscle strength and function limit the health benefits that can be acquired via exercise in these patients. Until recently, only a limited number of studies had been conducted on resistance only exercise in heart failure patients. Recently a number of new resistance only or combined resistance and aerobic exercise studies have been conducted which has necessitated an updated analysis of the evidence. Previously it has been suggested that while resistance training may positively influence muscle strength, cardiorespiratory fitness and quality of life, there was limited evidence that this type of exercise may have adverse effects on cardiac function and those patients with severe cardiac dysfunction may only be suitable for aerobic exercise. In 2016, this has been revisited this and wish to clarify if resistance exercise could really be harmful to heart failure patients.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 25 July 2016.
Neil has been an exercise physiologist since 1991 and became a fully accredited ESSA member in 2006. Neil Smart is an Associate Professor at the University of New England and an ESSA Fellow. Neil is Chair of the ESSA Research Committee and the Cardiovascular Special Interest Group. Neil has published more than 70 peer reviewed journal publications, including two ESSA Position Statements. Neil has made significant contributions to academic research in the exercise sciences, including notably guidelines on the management of heart failure for the United States and Europe.
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