Date of Award

Spring 1998

Document Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Frenn, Marilyn

Second Advisor

Lough, Mary Ann

Third Advisor

Shaw, Christine R.


Changes in exercise duration and workload in heart failure subjects who participated in cardiac rehabilitation were examined in this study. Twenty-two subjects, all Caucasian ranging in age from 22 to 84 years of age, including 14 men and 8 women were studied. A retrospective chart review was done to obtain demographic data and first and last session exercise duration, work load levels, and perceived exertion. Significant increases (P= .000) in exercise work load and duration after a cardiac rehabilitation program were found. These increases were demonstrated without change in ratings of perceived exertion. Though this study had a small sample size. the results would imply that a cardiac rehabilitation program could be of benefit for those patients diagnosed with heart failure.



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