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2010: CDH Participates in National Study to Assess Aerobic Activity Following Heart Failure
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CDH Participates in National Study to Assess Aerobic Activity Following Heart Failure

CDH selected to participate in trial; study results published in American Heart Journal

WINFIELD, Ill., April 26, 2010 – Central DuPage Hospital (CDH), in Winfield, Ill., was one of 82 medical institutions in the United States, Canada and France that participated in a research study to evaluate the benefit of aerobic exercise for heart failure patients. The study, entitled Heart Failure: A Controlled Trial Investigating Outcomes of Exercise Training (HF-ACTION), enrolled more than 2,300 patients and was published in the October issue of American Heart Journal. The research study was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and was coordinated by the Duke Clinical Research Institute at Duke University, Durham NC with Christopher O’Connor, M.D., serving as the Duke principal investigator.

HF-ACTION study investigators found that exercise was associated with modest reductions in both mortality and hospitalization as well as improvements in quality of life for patients with heart failure. More than 5.5 million people in the United States are affected by heart failure, and cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the country.

“We are pleased to have taken part in this study, as we are able to offer our patients access to participation in and results of international studies,” said Neil Agruss, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff at CDH and HF-ACTION Study co-lead investigator for the hospital. “This study helps to inform and update our standard practices for patients with heart failure which may help improve patient outcomes.”

Study participants were provided either a treadmill or recumbent stationary bicycle for home use to track activity level.

CDH was selected to participate in the study, building on the hospital’s reputation as a quality provider of heart and vascular care. Research opportunities like this one can allow patients access to a range of proven and investigational treatment options, beyond those typically available in the community hospital setting. According to the principal investigator, the HF-ACTION database and study is, to date, the single largest database of patients with heart failure and study of aerobic impact for heart failure patients.
Norman Regitz, Sr., 79, of Chicago, participated in the clinical study at CDH. Following a stroke in 1979, he suffered congestive heart failure in 2002. Regitz enrolled in the HF ACTION study in 2007 and participated through the completion of the study in 2009. He found great benefit from the exercise despite an initial reluctance to begin the physical activity.

“My advice to others with heart troubles is to not be afraid of being physically active, but instead work with your doctor to slowly introduce light exercise into your routine,” said Regitz. “I feel so much better and am glad I was able to be a part of this study, which hopefully will help others who have had or are at risk of having heart failure too. Always be active— it really does your heart some good.”

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for medical technology and one of the busiest surgical hospitals in Illinois.

For the last four consecutive years, Thomson Reuters has listed CDH as a 100 Top Hospital in the U.S. CDH has affiliated with other healthcare leaders, including regionally known Children’s Memorial Hospital for specialty pediatric care and, most recently, nationally known Cleveland Clinic for cardiac surgery.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the medical staff of CDH, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4234/ TTY 630-933-4833 for the hearing impaired.

Christopher King
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