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Title: Telerehabilitation in heart failure patients: The evidence and the pitfalls
Authors: Piotrowicz, Ewa 
Piepoli, Massimo F. 
Jaarsma, Tiny 
Lambrinou, Ekaterini 
Coats, Andrew J.S. 
Schmid, Jean-Paul 
Corrà, Ugo 
Agostoni, Piergiuseppe 
Dickstein, Kenneth 
Seferović, Petar M. 
Adamopoulos, Stamatis 
Ponikowski, Piotr P. 
Keywords: Exercise training;Heart failure;Telerehabilitation
Category: Clinical Medicine
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2016
Publisher: Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Source: International Journal of Cardiology, 2016, Volume 220, Pages 408–413
Abstract: Accessibility to the available traditional forms of cardiac rehabilitation programs in heart failure patients is not adequate and adherence to the programs remains unsatisfactory. The home-based telerehabilitation model has been proposed as a promising new option to improve this situation. This paper's aims are to discuss the tools available for telemonitoring, and describing their characteristics, applicability, and effectiveness in providing optimal long term management for heart failure patients who are unable to attend traditional cardiac rehabilitation programs. The critical issues of psychological support and adherence to the telerehabilitation programs are outlined. The advantages and limitations of this long term management modality are presented and compared with alternatives. Finally, the importance of further research, multicenter studies of telerehabilitation for heart failure patients and the technological development needs are outlined, in particular interactive remotely controlled intelligent telemedicine systems with increased inter-device compatibility.
ISSN: 01675273
Rights: © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Type: Article
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