News Releases & Research Results Novel treatment for patients with heart failure: the effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation

News Releases & Research Results


The results of research conducted by Director Mitsuaki Isobe of the Sakakibara Heart Institute and others.

The key results of research are as follows:

  • Comprehensive multidisciplinary cardiac rehabilitation, including exercise therapy, lifestyle guidance, and counseling, was shown to be effective in patients with heart failure (HF), especially those who were frail and had preserved ejection fraction.
  • Specifically, they conducted a multicenter study at 15 hospitals in Japan with 4,339 patients hospitalized for HF and retrospectively analyzed the patients’ 5-year follow-up data. The results of the analysis showed, among other findings, that the risks of death and re-admission after discharge were lower by 23% in the patients who underwent cardiac rehabilitation.

This project was conducted with support from the Practical Research Project for Life-Style related Diseases including Cardiovascular Diseases and Diabetes Mellitus by AMED.

The results of this research project were published in Circulation Heart Failure on September 29.


Kamiya K., et al. Multidisciplinary Cardiac Rehabilitation and Long-Term Prognosis in Patients With Heart Failure Circulation Heart Failure
DOI: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.119.006798


Last updated 09/29/20