Studies show that some heart patients may receive greater benefit from exercise than angioplasty.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – Some experts suggest that heart patients may benefit more from exercise than angioplasty. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), experts at a recent European Society of Cardiology meeting stated that doctors should place more emphasis on patient exercise than angioplasty, which is a surgical procedure commonly done on heart attack patients.
Rainer Hambrecht of Klinikum Links der Weser in Bremen, Germany is quoted by the AP as stating of the issue, “It’s difficult to convince people to exercise instead of having an angioplasty, but it works.”
As noted in the report, earlier research has proposed that two and a half hours of walking each week can significantly reduce instances of heart disease and stroke in patients. However, the time it can take to feel exercise results reportedly makes it difficult for some doctors to persuade patients to choose it over angioplasty. Dr. Christopher Cannon, a Harvard University associate professor, is quoted by the AP as stating that despite the fact that “Exercise does a lot more than fixing one little problem,”… “Most patients want the quick fix… It’s a lot easier to get your artery fixed than it is to exercise every day.”
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