A home-based exercise program improves heart rate variability and functional capacity among postmenopausal women with coronary artery disease

Fu Chih Lai, Shih Ting Tu, Chi Hung Huang, Chii Jeng

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AIMS: To determine whether a home-based exercise program is able to increase functional capacity (FC) and reduce heart rate variability (HRV) in postmenopausal women with coronary heart disease. BACKGROUND: Regular exercise training has been shown to improve both FC and HRV. However, those studies were conducted within institutional training programs, and few have included women. METHODS: Thirty-two postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to either an experimental or control group with 16 participants in each group. Those in the experimental group underwent home-based exercise training, 3 times a week for 8 weeks. On the first and final week, each participant's HRV was measured, and their FC was evaluated using a 6-minute walking test. FINDINGS: After 8 weeks, the FC of those who had undergone the home-based exercise program showed a significant improvement compared with subjects in the control group (P = .001). The total power (ms), high-frequency (ms), and low-frequency (ms) indexes of HRV were also significantly improved over control values. CONCLUSION: In postmenopausal women with coronary heart disease, a home-based exercise program appears able to improve FC and HRV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-144
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011



  • coronary artery disease
  • functional capacity
  • heart rate variability
  • home-based exercise program
  • postmenopausal women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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