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Technology to Promote and Increase Physical Activity in Heart Failure

Authors
Journal
Heart Failure Clinics
1551-7136
Publisher
Elsevier
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.hfc.2014.08.006
Keywords
  • Heart Failure
  • Self-Management
  • Physical Activity
  • Exercise Adherence
  • Internet Technology
  • Social Media
  • Telemedicine
  • Exercise Promotion
Disciplines
  • Communication

Abstract

Regular physical activity is firmly recommended as part of a multifaceted approach to heart failure (HF) self-management. Unfortunately, research indicates that most patients are less likely to engage in and adhere to such activities. The widespread use of information and communication technology tools and resources offers an innovative and potentially beneficial avenue for increasing physical activity levels in HF patients. This article presents specific ways in which advances in information and communication technologies, including Internet- and mobile-based communications, social media platforms, and self-monitoring health devices, can serve as a means to broadly promote increasing levels of physical activity to improve health outcomes in the HF population.

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