Effects of Exercise Training on Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Functions in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure.

Watanabe T; Murase N; Kime R; Kurosawa Y; Fuse S; Hamaoka T;

Advances in experimental medicine and biology [Adv Exp Med Biol] 2021; Vol. 1269, pp. 101-105.

The primary symptom in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) is exercise intolerance. Previous studies have reported that reduced exercise tolerance in CHF can be explained not only by cardiac output (a central factor) but also by reduced skeletal muscle aerobic capacity (a peripheral factor). Although exercise training in CHF improves exercise tolerance, few studies have evaluated the effects of exercise training on each specific central and peripheral factor in CHF. The aim of this study was to investigate the central and peripheral aerobic functions in CHF and the effects of exercise training in CHF on cardiac output and skeletal muscle deoxygenation during exercise. We assessed peak oxygen uptake (VO 2 ) during cardiopulmonary exercise testing, peak cardiac output (CO) using noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring, and muscle oxygen saturation (SmO 2 ) using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Patients with CHF were trained for 12 weeks and performed ramp cycling exercise until exhaustion before and after the exercise training. Peak VO 2 , peak CO, and SmO 2 changes from rest to peak exercise (ΔSmO 2 ) were significantly lower in CHF than those in healthy subjects. As a result of exercise training, peak oxygen uptake in patients with CHF was improved and positively associated with change in ΔSmO 2 . In contrast, there was no change in peak cardiac output. The results of this study indicate that both cardiac and skeletal muscle functions in patients with CHF were lower than those in healthy subjects. Further, the results suggest that the improvement of exercise capacity in patients with CHF by exercise training was related to the improved utilization of oxygen (a peripheral factor) in skeletal muscle.