Exercise training programmes (ETP) are the key component in cardiac rehabilitation to help patients with cardiovascular disease to recover, and to stay healthy. In a chronic condition such as heart failure (HF) these interventions may reduce recurrences of destabilization, unwanted hospitalisation and ultimately quality of life.
Pioneering work shows similar benefit in VAD patients, but data is very sparse.
Although well recognized and highly recommended, ETP are poorly implemented in HF for several reasons, such as for example, lack of economic cover, lack of medical and public awareness of their importance, lack of social / family support
The HFA Committee on Exercise Physiology and Trainingorganised two surveys:
ExTraHF Survey European Survey on Exercise Training Heart Failure
ExTraVAD Survey European Survey on Exercise Training in VAD patient
• To provide a snapshot on whether and how Cardiac centers in Europe are using and implementing ET programmes in HF and in VAD patients
• The promotion of the awareness of the issue of ETP in HF and VAD in communities of general cardiologists
• To get insight into the content of ETP for HF and VAD supported patients in ESC affiliated countries
• To promote bench-marking by comparing different programmes
What is it?
Short, friendly, web based questionnaire,
ExTraHF Survey 2013: European Survey on Exercise Training Heart Failure : targeting all cardiac units, dealing with HF patients
ExTraVAD Survey 2013: European Survey on Exercise Training in VAD patient: targeting VAD centres, cardiac surgery units
Who was invited to take part?
- all cardiac centers, in both acute hospital and rehab centres, general or cardiac specialised centres
- all VAD centers
All participants will be listed and acknowledged in any future publication as part of an ESC initiative, supported by the HFA.
Survey endorsed by EAPCR.