Accessibility to the available traditional forms of cardiac rehabilitation programs in heart failure patients is not adequate and adherence to the programs remains unsatisfactory. The home-based telerehabilitation model has been proposed as a promising new option to improve this situation. This paper's aims are to discuss the tools available for telemonitoring, and describing their characteristics, applicability, and effectiveness in providing optimal long term management for heart failure patients who are unable to attend traditional cardiac rehabilitation programs.
Piotrowicz E, Piepoli MF, Jaarsma T, Lambrinou E, Coats AJ, Schmid JP, Corrà U, Agostoni P, Dickstein K, Seferović PM, Adamopoulos S, Ponikowski PP. Telerehabilitation in heart failure patients: The evidence and the pitfalls. Int J Cardiol 2016;220:408-413