Fatigue is a prominent symptom in patients with chronic heart failure, limiting physical activity and impairing quality of life. Although the underlying mechanisms are not clearly identified, alterations associated with peripheral adaptation in heart failure appear to play an important role, including a variably impaired peripheral perfusion during exercise, reduced oxidative capacity of skeletal muscle, impaired muscle strength, and possibly reflex mechanisms associated with alterations in the metabolism of skeletal muscle. Exercise training can, in part, reverse these peripheral alterations, improve exercise capacity, and alleviate fatigue.


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