Impairment in Walking Capacity and Myocardial Function in the Elderly: Is There a Role for Nonpharmacologic Therapy with Nutritional Amino Acid Supplements?

Roldano Scognamiglio, Amidio Testa, Roberto Aquilani, Francesco S. Dioguardi, Evasio Pasini

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Abstract

Elderly persons have reduced muscular mass, with consequent deterioration of their daily activities and reduced quality of life. This is more pronounced in elderly patients affected by chronic diseases such as chronic heart failure (CHF). It has been demonstrated that oral amino acid (AA) supplementation improves muscle protein metabolism. A recent study shows that use of oral supplements with a special mixture of AAs for 12 weeks increases (1) 6-minute walk distance (from 212.5 ± 34 m to 268.8 ± 34.9 m; p

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Volume101
Issue number11 SUPPL.
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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