UNMC Study Examines Heart Failure Patients and Exercise

Feb 7, 2013

UNMC’s College of Nursing Lincoln Division recently received a $3.36 million grant to fund a 5-year study looking at the adherence to exercise in heart failure patients.

Dr. Bunny Pozehl, Professor in UNMC’s College of Nursing, is the principal investigator of the study. 

She says the Heart Failure Society of America recommends that stable chronic heart failure patients do 30 minutes of exercise per day, five days a week. 

Dr. Pozehl says a recent study by the NIH showed less than 40% of heart failure patients interviewed adhered to the exercise recommendations. 

She says the goal of the current study is to ultimately design programs specifically for heart failure patients that help them adhere to the guidelines.

"We have a qualitative aspect to this study so we will be asking subjects in the study what’s helping them, what’s not helping them and that will be informative as well.  It will really help us understand better how difficult it is to actually adhere.”

The 5-year clinical research study begins this November and will take place at Bryan Heart in Lincoln, Wayne State University, and Henry Ford Health System. 

256 participants will be enrolled in the study.  The number for information is 402-472-7352