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12/15/2013 (4 months ago)

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Patients recovering from a heart attack, stroke benefit more from light fitness in lieu of pills

Patients recovering from a heart attack or stroke are usually told to recuperate with bed rest and medication. A new study, however, has found that "light fitness" prescribed buy doctors is far more beneficial for these patients in lieu of pills. 

Exercise could just as easily control blood sugar levels in heart disease sufferers to prevent the onset of diabetes, the study concluded.

Exercise could just as easily control blood sugar levels in heart disease sufferers to prevent the onset of diabetes, the study concluded.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/15/2013 (4 months ago)

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Keywords: Exercise, diabetes, heart attack, stroke


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to an extensive study, doctors had a better chance of preventing death in patients with exercise following a heart attack or stroke. It's the first time scientists have compared the benefits of exercise with heart medication such as stations and beta blockers.

The study examined 340,000 patients who had been diagnosed with heart disease, chronic heart failure, a stroke or diabetes. According to findings published in the British Medical Journal, previous studies found no marked change between the outcome of exercise and drugs for people who have diabetes or heart disease.

Research swung overwhelmingly in favor of exercise for stroke victims, showing it was far more likely to prevent death than drugs.

More people are consuming prescription drugs but far fewer are exercising, the study leader Huseyin Naci, of LSE Health and Harvard Medical School says. He noted that just 14 percent of British adults claimed to doing regular fitness.

Approximately 17.7 prescriptions per person were issued, up from 11.2 in 2000. Naci. Who conducted the study with researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, said, "Exercise should be considered as a viable alternative to, or alongside, drug therapy."

More than 200 of the trials looked specifically at drug treatment for the conditions, including blood-thinning drugs, to gauge how effectively they prevent significant illness. More than 50 additional studies, involving 14,716 people, solely examined exercise as a form of treatment.

Exercise could just as easily control blood sugar levels in heart disease sufferers to prevent the onset of diabetes, the study concluded.

There was an exception: Those suffering from heart failure, diuretic drugs were found to be more effective than exercise.

Results were far more striking for stroke victims. However, Naci warned the results could have been skewed by the inclusion of stroke victims with good fitness levels.

"We can say the overall trend shows that exercise is better than no exercise and it may enhance the impact of drugs.

Any patient thinking of taking up exercise should consult their doctor first and should not stop taking their drugs, Naci says.



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