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New Study Reports It’s Safe for Heart Patients to Exercise

April 10th, 2009

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According to a recent study conducted by Duke University researchers and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, patients who have sustained heart damage could benefit from moderate exercise. These results are challenging the traditional recommendation that recent heart attack patients should limit physical activity and instead, rest. The study included 2,331 heart patients from 82 facilities in the United States, France and Canada.

The study reports that aerobic exercise improves the quality of life within three months in patients with chronic heart disease as well as reduces their chances of death or hospitalization over a two year time frame. Although the effect on life expectancy in heart patients who engage in exercise programs is minimal, the researchers said there are definite benefits, as shown within the study. These findings could potentially change the way cardiologists approach exercise in patients who have sustained heart attacks, have heart disease, or are affected by other conditions affecting the cardiovascular system.


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