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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Most People Avoid Exercising After a Heart Attack, But That is Actually a Mistake

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No matter what race, heart disease is still the number one cause of death in both men and women in the United States. Many even suffer from it twice. Back then, it was believed that exercise should be avoided after a heart attack. But recent studies show that exercise could actually prevent a heart attack from happening again.

Each year, over 525,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack for the first time. Another 210,000 heart attacks happen to those who already had one.

Diet and exercise are the two main factors that doctors advise to lower the risk. But if you've had a history of heart attack, it is often advised to avoid exerting effort such as in exercise.

But that theory has been debunked by a recent research. The study presented at the 2018 European Society of Cardiology Congress discovered that increasing activity after a heart attack can actually lessen the risk of death in four years.

"It is well-known that physically active people are less likely to have a heart attack and more likely to live longer. However, we did not know the impact of exercise on people after a heart attack," lead author Dr. Örjan Ekblom, associate professor at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm said.

"Our study shows that patients can reduce their risk of death by becoming physically active after a heart attack." He suggested exercise to be a general prescription following a patient's heart attack, noting that "Exercising twice or more a week should be automatically advocated for heart attack patients in the same way that they receive advice to stop smoking, improve diet and reduce stress."

It is also emphasized that the advice is applicable to all those who've had a heart attack, minor or major.

Moreover, the study concluded from the responses of heart attack patients that starting an exercise program as early as four to five weeks after the heart attack could be really beneficial.
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