American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) - Breath Training
Breathing Device Aids Patients with Heart Failure

A home-based training program utilizing a simple breathing device resulted in marked improvement in people with heart failure and breathing difficulty, according to Brazilian researchers in a current issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardioloy.

The Threshold Inspiratory Muscle Trainer from Healthscan provides a "breathing workout" by applying a constant inspiratory pressure load. The result is increased strength and endurance in the inspiratory muscles (those used in the drawing in of air). In a 12-week study, breathing training resulted in a 115 percent improvement in maximal inspiratory pressure, a 17 percent increase in peak oxygen update, and improvement in walking distance ability from 449 meters to 550 meters. Quality of life improved also. These results were maintained after a year beyond the 12-week program!

The device sells for approximately $20.

Source: "Inspiratory Muscle Training in Patients with Heart Failure and Inspiratory Muscle Weakness" by Pedro Dallā Ago, PT, ScD, et al., JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY, Feb. 21, 2006.

Research comments from The Health Resource.