The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Monitoring and self-management of sleep fatigue and dyspnea to improve heart failure outcomes in African Americans

Date Funded: 
Jun 28, 2019
Funding Organization: 
UManage Center for Building the Science of Symptom Self-Management, through the National Institute of Nursing Research

The purpose of Dr. Hamilton's project is to test whether daily monitoring of fatigue and sleep using a wrist-worn device can improve self-management and aid in the early detection of the signs and symptoms of circulatory fluid overload in individuals with heart failure. The long-term goal of the research is to develop and improve self-management strategies leading to early detection of worsening of HF in African-American adults.

  Early detection of circulatory fluid overload in individuals with heart failure remains a challenge. Sleep disruptions and fatigue are known to be associated with circulatory fluid overload. Therefore, early detection of fatigue and sleep disruptions may provide a window for self-management and the possibility of early intervention among adults with heart failure. Personalized health monitoring devices are a potential new way to track fatigue and sleep disruptions in adults with heart failure. The central hypothesis of this study is that the use of wearable devices will provide a self-management tool for the early detection of changes in symptoms of heart failure.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P20NR016599. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official view of the National Institutes of Health.