Heat Therapy in the Management of Heart Failure

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Abstract

Heart failure remains a health care epidemic, and additional complementary therapies beyond pharmaceuticals and devices are needed. Using heat therapy or topical thermal therapy is an ancient therapeutic approach for the treatment of heart failure. Currently, there are several studies reporting salutary effects of heat therapy in patients with heart failure using either dry heat or water immersion therapies. The authors describe an additional theoretic construct using topically applied heat pads that might be a simple and economic approach to affect heat therapy as an adjunct for many patients. Hopefully future studies will continue to explore heat therapy as adjunctive care for heart failure patients.

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