A Randomized Trial of Effect of Low-Cost Maintenance Training on Exercise Capacity, Quality of Life and Morbidity
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Maintain. A Randomized Trial of Effect of Low-Cost Maintenance Training on Exercise Capacity, Quality of Life and Morbidity|
- Primary endpoint: Exercise capacity based on standardised cycle ergometer test after 14 months.
- Secondary endpoints:
- Maximum oxygen uptake at 14 months
- Maximum exercise capacity measured by the Shuttle Walk test at 14 months
- Exercise capacity measured by 6-minute walking test (6MWT)at 14 months
- Muscular strength (sit-to-stand) at 14 months
- QOL (SF36 and Minnesota) at 14 months
- Serological tests including brain natriuretic peptide at 14 months
- In a subgroup including 2x20 patients training-induced changes in muscle biopsies will be evaluated at 14 months.
- After 1,3 and 5 years hospital-admissions and death through record linkage.
|Study Start Date:||June 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2006|
Guidelines recommend physical training in the treatment of patients with CHF. Several studies have demonstrated that even short-term training programmes can increase maximal oxygen intake, improve muscular strength, reduce neurohumoral activity and result in other effects, which are of potential benefit. Following 2-3 months training at 70 – 80% of maximal capacity, improved exercise capacity and oxygen uptake due to increased cardiac output and also better oxygen uptake in the peripheral muscles have been demonstrated. Moreover, studies have indicated an improvement of the quality of life (QOL). However, the effects of exercise training are rapidly lost without maintenance. Thus the crucial question is to identify a method to sustain the physical activity outside an expensive, enthusiastic and highly motivating protocol.
The aim of the study is to determine whether a low-cost home-based training programme can maintain the achieved effect of physical training on exercise capacity and QOL in patients with Chronic Heart Failure.
Patients fulfilling specified criteria for Chronic Heart Failure are randomised to either eight weeks with supervised group-based training (1.5 hrs.) twice a week followed by home-based training according to a specified protocol with supervised group-based training every 2 weeks (1,5 hrs), or to eight weeks with supervised training followed by usual care. During the whole period patients in both groups can contact the Heart Failure Clinic when needed.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00214513
|Copenhagen, Denmark, 2300 S|
|Principal Investigator:||Eva Prescott, MD||Dept of Cardiology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark|