Higher Step Counts Linked To Less HF Symptoms

31 Jul 2023 • A new study found that higher daily step counts, as measured by actigraphy, were associated with improved heart failure symptoms and health status.

The research analyzed data from a trial involving 425 participants with heart failure who were given Fitbit devices to track their daily step counts.

  • Daily step counts between 1000 and 5000 were significantly linked to symptoms and physical limitations, as reflected in Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ) scores.
  • Participants who increased their step counts by 2000 steps per day showed improvement in KCCQ total symptom and physical limitation scores, with higher scores indicating better health. However, reductions in step counts were not associated with significant declines in KCCQ scores.

These findings suggest that increasing daily step counts may have a positive impact on heart failure symptoms and overall health status in patients with heart failure.

Source: JACC | Read full story

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