Heart Failure Reviews

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 81–89 | Cite as

Adherence to exercise training in heart failure: a review

  • Krista A. Barbour
  • Nancy Houston MillerEmail author


Exercise training is increasingly recognized as a viable treatment option for patients with heart failure (HF). For exercise to be a maximally effective treatment, it is important that patients adhere to the exercise prescription. In this review, the current state of adherence monitoring and intervention in randomized HF trials will be summarized, along with recommendations for advancing understanding of adherence in this population. Barriers to exercise participation and strategies to enhance adherence to exercise-training programs will be explored. Finally, directions for future research on exercise adherence in HF patients will be provided.


Heart failure Exercise training Adherence Adherence strategies Exercise maintenance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of CardiologyStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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