Through Nursing Research, Heart Patients Zoom Toward Better Health

It was 6 p.m. on a Tuesday on Zoom, and heart failure patient Wesley – a barefoot man in his 60s clad in exercise pants, tuning in from his Strasburg home – spoke into the internet ether, “I recognize those shins.”

The shins belong to Allan, a Staunton native and fellow heart failure patient who was taking part in the hour-long virtual exercise class led by nursing Ph.D. student Anna Kutcher from her Charlottesville living room. A minute later, they were joined by Susan, a retired physician, also a heart failure patient, who sat astride a chair in front of a brick fireplace in her Earlysville den.

“It’s exercise, which is great, and gives me another way to control my heart failure,” Susan noted, “but it’s also a chance to gather.”

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