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Exercise Benefits Cardiovascular Disease

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More evidence has surfaced revealing that exercise benefits cardiovascular disease. The European Heart Health Charter released a list of 8 preventive and rehabilitative measures. Exercise was shown to assist rehabilitation, along with preventing cardiovascular disease. READ MORE

A study performed by Dr Tomasz Mikulski and colleagues from the Medical Research Centre in Warsaw, Poland, found that aerobic training using a cycloergometer (a static bike whose pedal load can be set and user performance measured) improved the physical capacity of cardiac patients following CABG, with reduction in the levels of lipids and markers of inflammation.

A pilot study, to be reported from Leipzig, Germany, has now compared event-free survival rate in 101 stable angina patients either treated “conservatively” with an exercise programme or with PCI. After five years of follow-up, results from this pilot randomised trial showed that daily exercise training as part of “optimal medical treatment” leads to a better event-free survival rate than PCI with stent angioplasty. In the “conservative” exercise group, 63% of patients met the event-free survival criteria, but only 40% in the PCI group. Within the five years of follow-up, 36 cardiovascular events (including heart attack, stroke and death) had occurred in the exercise group in comparison to 55 in the PCI group.

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