Exercise soon after MI confers heart health benefits

05/12/2013 | InternalMedicineNews.com (free registration)

Initiating rehabilitative exercise training within two weeks of an acute myocardial infarction is beneficial for patients with residual myocardial ischemia after heart attack and angioplasty, according to findings presented at a cardiology meeting. Patients who did exercise training showed an average 29% rise in peak exercise capacity and a 10% average rise in peak heart rate after six months, the study said. SPECT findings revealed that left ventricular ejection fraction increased from a baseline average of 48% to 52% with rehabilitation. SPECT scans also showed that myocardial perfusion defect and ischemia were reduced by 50% in patients who exercised.

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