Heart Failure: Exercise Can Help
I feel like a broken record, but exercise, we can all agree it’s an essential part of a healthy life—right? Well, in the event that you’re from Mars. Here’s more proof that exercise is important. Reuters reports aerobic exercise reverses signs of heart failure:
In patients with heart failure, aerobic training can help the organ pump better, investigators report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.Makes you wonder how people can say they don’t have time to exercise.
In contrast, Dr. Mark J. Haykowsky and colleagues observed that strength training, either alone or in combination with aerobic training, appeared to be of no benefit. These opposing findings may underlie the inconsistent results of studies of exercise training in patients with heart failure.
Haykowsky, from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and colleagues searched for relevant studies and identified 14 trials that assessed heart performance in 812 stable patients with heart failure. Nine trials evaluated aerobic training, four evaluated combined aerobic and strength training, and one involved strength training alone.
Aerobic training improved heart function significantly, the results showed.
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