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Beyond endurance: strength training in cardiovascular rehabilitation

By Andreas Gevaert, Secondary Prevention & Rehabilitation Section

Preventive Cardiology
Rehabilitation and Sports Cardiology

In this session, the “why, who and how” of strength training in cardiovascular rehabilitation (CR) is discussed.

Heinz Völler (Rüdersdorf bei Berlin, Germany) kicks off the session by explaining how we can identify patients that need strength training. He zooms in on the assessment of frailty, and how this impacts cardiovascular outcomes. Next, Marie-Christine Iliou (Paris, France) reviews the current society recommendations on strength training in CR, and gives an overview of the evidence these are based on. Recently, high-intensity strength training has gained interest among the CR community. Maria Bäck (Linkoping, Sweden) tells us what the advantages and disadvantages are of this novel approach to strength training. Finally, Sofia Viamonte (Porto, Portugal) highlights the potential benefits of including inspiratory muscle training in special populations, focusing on the results of the ARISTOS-HF trial (EJPC).

In the discussion, session chair Justien Cornelis (Brussels, Belgium) and discussants Rita Pinto (Lisbon, Portugal), Dominique Hansen (Hasselt, Belgium) and Andreas Gevaert (Groningen, The Netherlands) discuss among others a forthcoming position statement by the Secondary Prevention and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation section of the EAPC on exercise intensity assessment and prescription in CR.

The session "Beyond endurance: strength training in cardiovascular rehabilitation" is taking place on 17 April at 09:45 CEST online at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021.

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Note: The content of this article reflects the personal opinion of the author/s and is not necessarily the official position of the European Society of Cardiology