Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Health Talk: Exercise and Your Heart

“The benefit of exercise in patients with and without heart disease continues to be rediscovered every few years. The benefits of a regular exercise program in patients with newly diagnosed coronary artery disease or coronary heart disease remains an underutilized treatment in the physician's toolbox. Fewer than 20 percent of eligible patients with coronary artery disease are referred to exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programs. Higgins and Ades reviewed the clinical benefits of exercise in a controlled and systematic program after coronary events and identified several direct and immediate benefits of exercise including decreased mortality, increased exercise capacity, improved heart function and blood flow to the heart itself and an improved quality of life with reduced costs. There is also evidence that suggests there could be a decrease in cardiac events, defined as sudden cardiac death and heart attack.”

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