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Active Voice: Failure to Improve Fitness in Cardiac Rehab Linked to Adherence and Clinical Outcomes in Heart Failure Patients

from By Esmée Bakker, M.Sc., Dick Thijssen, Ph.D., and Thijs Eijsvogels, Ph.D.

Esmée Bakker, M.Sc. Dick Thijssen, Ph.D. Thijs Eijsvogels, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Esmée Bakker, M.Sc., is a dual Ph.D. student at the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands and at the Liverpool John Moores University in England. Her research is focused on the effects of sedentary behavior and physical activity behavior on cardiovascular health in the general population and in patients with cardiovascular diseases. She has been a student member of ACSM since 2015.

Dick Thijssen, Ph.D., is a professor at the Liverpool John Moores University and he also leads a research group at the Radboud University Medical Center. His research focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms explaining the health and functional benefits of physical activity and sedentary behavior, specifically related to the role of hemodynamic stimuli mediating vascular adaptation. Dr. Thijssen is a former recipient of the ACSM Oded Bar-Or Award and the ACSM New Investigator Award.

Thijs Eijsvogels, Ph.D., is an exercise physiologist and assistant professor in the Department of Physiology of the Radboud University Medical Center. His research is focused on the benefits and potential deleterious effects of exercise across the whole spectrum of physical activity, from sedentary behavior to excessive volumes of exercise. Dr. Eijsvogels was a recipient of the 2017 ACSM New Investigator Award.

This commentary presents the authors’ views on the topic of their research article, which they and their colleagues authored. Their paper appeared in the February 2018 issue of
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE). more

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