ORIGINAL INVESTIGATION Tai Chi Exercise in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure A Randomized Clinical Trial Gloria Y. Yeh, MD, MPH; Ellen P. McCarthy, PhD; Peter M. Wayne, PhD; Lynne W. Stevenson, MD; Malissa J. Wood, MD; Daniel Forman, MD; Roger B. Davis, ScD; Russell S. Phillips, MD Background: Preliminary evidence suggests that medi- dian New York Heart Association class of HF was class tative exercise may have benefits for patients with chronic II. At completion of the study, there were no significant systolic heart failure (HF); this has not been rigorously differences in change in 6-minute walk distance and peak tested in a large clinical sample. We sought to investi- oxygen uptake (median change [first quartile, third quar- gate whether tai chi, as an adjunct to standard care, im- tile], 35 [−2, 51] vs 2 [−7, 54] meters, P = .95; and 1.1 proves functional capacity and quality of life in patients [−1.1, 1.5] vs −0.5 [−1.2, 1.8] mL/kg/min, P = .81) when with HF. comparing tai chi and control groups; however, pa- tients in the tai chi group had greater improvements in Methods: A single-blind, multisite, parallel-group, ran- quality of life (Minnesota Living With Heart Failure Ques- domized
JAMA Internal Medicine – American Medical Association
Published: Apr 25, 2011
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