heart

Exercise Benefits Heart Failure Patients

Friday, April 24, 2009 by: Elizabeth Walling
Tags: heart failure, health news, Natural News

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Delicious
(NaturalNews) In the past, many heart failure patients have been put on strict bed rest. But such a sedentary existence can be miserable, and it may not be necessary. Exercise can greatly improve a heart failure patient's quality of life, and may even improve heart health, say two articles published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

About 500,000 cases of heart failure are diagnosed in the United States each year. Most heart failure patients share one thing in common: their quality of life is severely decreased. They are frequently hospitalized, often fatigued and can experience shortness of breath during everyday activities like climbing stairs. The risk of premature death in heart failure patients is high.

Researchers from Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina offer a message of hope to heart failure patients: moderate activity can not only bring back a patient's quality of life, but it can provide direct health benefits as well.

The study is the largest one in people with chronic heart failure. It included 2,331 men and women who were randomly separated in two groups: one which received aerobic exercise training in addition to standard medical care, and one which did not.

Those in the exercise group were supervised during their first 36 aerobic exercise sessions. Patients were then sent home with a treadmill or exercise bike. They were instructed to continue a regular exercise program which included up to 200 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. The study followed participants for two and a half years.

Kathryn E. Flynn, Ph.D., a health services researcher at Duke Clinical Research Institute and lead author of the study reports: "The average difference was modest, but it happened early. And it persisted over time: 54 percent of the men and women in this group reported clinically meaningful improvements in their health status three months into the study, compared with 29 percent of people in the control group."

Researchers took into account several variables before determining exercise reduced the risk of hospitalization and death by 11 percent in heart failure patients. This number may not be dramatic, but it's a positive outcome nonetheless. These findings may spark a change in the Medicare program, which does not cover exercise therapy for heart failure patients at this time.

After experiencing heart failure, finding ways to enjoy life is more important than ever. Regular exercise is a simple solution that can enhance and perhaps even prolong the lives of heart failure patients.

Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/04/10/healthm....failure.exercise/

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/health/08h...


About the author

Elizabeth Walling is a freelance writer specializing in health and family nutrition. She is a strong believer in natural living as a way to improve health and prevent modern disease. She enjoys thinking outside of the box and challenging common myths about health and wellness. You can visit her blog to learn more:
www.livingthenourishedlife.com/2009/10/welco...


Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Heart failure at FETCH.news
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.