One of the current areas being explored when it comes to treating patients with heart failure is selective respiratory muscle training, and various studies about it have been conducted. Selective respiratory muscle training (RMT) was tested for improving dyspnea and exercise performance in patients with chronic congestive heart failure (CHF), for example, in the study we’re going to discuss below.
- Respiratory muscle weakness in people with chronic congestive heart failure (CHF) contributes to exertional dyspnea and reduced exercise capacity.
- 12 weeks of RMT improve respiratory and ventilatory function, oxygen uptake, exercise performance and dyspnea in people with CHF.
RMT effectively improves respiratory muscle strength and endurance, exercise capacity and dyspnea in people with CHF.
The following were assessed throughout the course of the study:
All parameters significantly improved in patients who completed selective RMT.
In conclusion, selective RMT significantly improves respiratory muscle strength and endurance, exercise capacity and dyspnea in patients with CHF. This study provides proof of the concept that respiratory muscle training is effective in this patient group.