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. May-Jun 2017;50(3):404-407.
doi: 10.1590/0037-8682-0429-2016.

Reassessment of Quality of Life Domains in Patients With Compensated Chagas Heart Failure After Participating in a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

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Reassessment of Quality of Life Domains in Patients With Compensated Chagas Heart Failure After Participating in a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Mauro Felippe Felix Mediano et al. Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. .
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Abstract

Introduction:: We evaluated the effects of a cardiac rehabilitation program on quality of life.

Methods: This secondary analysis of a single-arm study included 12 patients with Chagas heart failure. The cardiac rehabilitation program comprised exercise training and nutritional and pharmaceutical counseling. Quality of life was assessed using the SF-36 questionnaire.

Results:: The program promoted improved physical functioning (β= +5.7; p=0.003), role-physical (β= +1.9; p=0.03), and bodily pain (β= +3.5; p=0.02) scores. Moreover, the summary physical health score (β= +1.4; p=0.001) improved.

Conclusion:: The cardiac rehabilitation program significantly improved the physical quality of life of patients with Chagas heart failure.

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