Physical activity is esential for people after a heart attack to restore the heart function.

The widespread belief that people after a heart attack need only the moderate exercise, were incorrect. The study showed that heavy load bring more benefits.

For a long time it was asumed that victims of heart attacks during the rehabilitation period need to take care of yourself, get rest and avoid fatigue. Physical activity during this period was recommended, but only the most moderate, like walking and light aerobic exercise.

However, scientists from the Norwegian University of science and technology proved in the study that the risk of recurrence of heart attack and other serious cardiovascular diseases in people practicing as moderate, and heavy load during rehabilitation are equally low. But the health benefits in the second case much longer.

“There is plenty of evidence that the more people put themselves under load, the stronger their hearts,” says the study’s author Olving Rongma. – And my colleagues wanted to test whether this is true for people who have suffered a heart attack. Until recently, medicine was dominated by the idea that intense exercise for infarction harmful because they increase the risk of relapse”.

Dr. Ringo with colleagues watched 4 846 patients in three rehabilitation centres for the observation period went through 170 thousand hours of aerobic exercise. Of these, 129 450 hours were moderate load, but remains in intensive – riding a stationary bike, running, jumping and skiing with four-minute intervals before each approach. It is this type of loads, and was the most effective in the rehabilitation.

Longer and more intense physical activity and now recommend that all older people British doctors. The new recommendations say that falls and fractures should not be considered a natural consequence of aging. Their risk can be significantly reduced if we pay due attention to sports to keep active, to pay regular visits to ophthalmologists, to keep track of medicines, to eat a balanced diet and get adequate amounts of vitamin D.

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