Clinical Trends for January 2016

Ryan Syrek


January 29, 2016

Clinical Trend of the Week (January 16-22): HFPEF

An abbreviation is this week's top search term thanks to a study in JAMA. The study examined management of patients with heart failure and a preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF). It found that supervised walking intervention along with a reduced calorie diet improved peak oxygen consumption. However, this did not result in a significant improvement in quality of life. The program lasted 20 weeks, during which participants got a 400 to 450-kCal deficit diet and 3 hourlong, supervised exercise sessions. Although the researchers were surprised to find that quality of life didn't improve, they concluded that weight loss and an increase in functional capacity are still positive outcomes.

For more in-depth clinical information, see Heart Failure.


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