Physical exercise improves the peripheral microcirculation of patients with chronic heart failure.

@article{Gerovasili2009PhysicalEI,
  title={Physical exercise improves the peripheral microcirculation of patients with chronic heart failure.},
  author={Vasiliki Gerovasili and Stavros G. Drakos and Maria Kravari and K Malliaras and Eleftherios Karatzanos and Stavros Dimopoulos and Athanasios Tasoulis and Maria I. Anastasiou-Nana and Charris Roussos and Serafim Nanas},
  journal={Journal of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and prevention},
  year={2009},
  volume={29 6},
  pages={
          385-91
        }
}
PURPOSE Patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) present with microcirculation alterations, partially attributed to endothelial dysfunction. Exercise training has been shown to induce beneficial effects in CHF patients. The aim of our study was to assess the effect of physical exercise on the microcirculation of CHF patients by near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). METHODS Sixteen consecutive stable CHF patients (men, n = 10; mean age = 50 +/- 12 years) participated in a 3-month rehabilitation… CONTINUE READING

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