A heart attack or even heart surgery can be a life changing event. For many it was a wake-up call to move. And now, according to this study, physical activity after a heart attack can actually add to your life.
Sports therapy following a heart attack performed by the European Society of Cardiology halves the risk of death within four years. "It is well known that physically active people are less likely to have a heart attack and live longer," said lead author Dr. Örjan Ekblom, Associate Professor of the Swedish School of Sports and Health Sciences, GIH, Stockholm, Sweden. "However, we did not know how exercise affects people after a heart attack."
22,227 patients in Sweden were included in the study, which was performed between 2005 and 201
On both occasions, patients were asked how often they had exercised for 30 minutes or more in the previous seven days. Patients were categorized as constantly inactive, reduced activity, increased activity or constantly active.
Compared to patients who were constantly inactive, the risk of death was 37% lower, 51% and 59% lower in patients in the categories of reduced activity, increased activity, and / or constantly active.
Ekblom added, "Our study shows that patients can reduce their risk of death by becoming physically active after a heart attack, and patients who were physically active 6 to 10 weeks after the heart attack but subsequently become inactive seem to be carrying But of course, the benefits to active people are even greater if they stay physically active. "
" Our study shows that this advice applies to all heart attack patients, "he continued. "Sport, for example, reduced the risk of death in patients with large and small myocardial infarctions and in smokers and non-smokers."
Apart from the health benefits, physical activity also helps to strengthen the mind.
(with input from ANI)
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