Prof. Ehud Goldhammer has his expertise in exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation, and heart failure patient's rehabilitation in particular. His passion for improving the health and wellbeing of coronary artery patients led him to establish (1982) the first cardiac rehabilitation center in the northern part of Israel, encouraging women, elderly, old people, and minorities to join cardiac rehabilitation programs. Since the establishment of this cardiac rehabilitation center, he tried to promote exercise programs for heart failure patients. Prior to the late 1980s, cardiac enlargement, decreased left ventricular systolic function and heart failure were considered absolute or relative contraindications to exercise training, however he tried already in the early 1980s to persuade cardiologists and general practitioners to refer heart failure patients to exercise programs in contrast to previous treatment strategies that involved restriction of physical activity and bed rest for all stages and forms of heart failure.
Cardiac rehabilitation, Heart failure, Exercise Physiology