Current Heart Failure Reports

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 23–29 | Cite as

Harnessing the Potential of Wearable Activity Trackers for Heart Failure Self-Care

  • Muaddi Alharbi
  • Nicola Straiton
  • Robyn Gallagher
Self-Care and Health Outcomes (R Gallagher and R Clark, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Self-Care and Health Outcomes


Purpose of review

The purpose of this study was to explore the potential of wearable activity trackers to promote self-care management for physical activity in heart failure (HF).

Recent findings

Exercise participation decreases hospital admissions and improves quality of life in HF, and activity tracking devices provide more precise means to assess free-living physical activity and thus enable tailored exercise instruction. Use of activity trackers by cardiac patients for self-monitoring and motivational purposes is associated with increased levels of physical activity and is predictive of disease severity. However, more research is required to establish the feasibility and validity of these devices in HF patients. It is also critical that the devices can be easily used to collect, process and utilise relevant data.


Activity trackers have the potential to promote HF self-care because they provide monitoring of physical activity behaviours and the potential to generate habit formation and goal reinforcement, all of which foster physical activity.


Heart failure Physical activity Activity monitor Wearable activity tracker Physical activity assessment Activity sensors 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Muaddi Alharbi, Nicola Straiton and Robyn Gallagher declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muaddi Alharbi
    • 1
  • Nicola Straiton
    • 1
  • Robyn Gallagher
    • 1
  1. 1.Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney Nursing SchoolUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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