Health Benefit of Exercise for Heart Disease Patients – Longer Life

Mar 4, 2009 by

Health Benefit of Exercise for Heart Disease Patients – Longer Life

The health benefits of exercise are numerous and undeniable. But some doubt has always existed on whether persons with heart disease can safely partake in exercise.

The Norwegian study discussed in the following article has revealed that coronary heart disease patients can safely exercise, too; in fact, physical activity helps to lengthen their lives.

Exercising Just Once a Week Can Raise Life Expectancy of Coronary Heart Disease Patients

by Reuben Chow

A piece of good news for those suffering from heart disease was revealed by recent research carried out at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway, which found that exercising just once every week can help improve their life expectancy.

It is common knowledge that exercise is necessary for good health. What is not so easily agreed upon, is how much exercise is actually needed, and whether vigorous exercise is necessary. Some experts also say that certain groups of people may not be suitable for exercise.

For persons with established coronary heart disease (CHD), being encouraged to be physically engaged in order to fight the development of their condition is nothing new. But the question was always how much exercise they would actually need.

Details of Study

The said study looked at data collected in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT). For that study, some 3,500 men and women with CHD were tracked for a total of 18 years.

The HUNT is a population-based study which commenced in 1984 in the county of Nord-Trøndelag in Norway, which has a population of about 130,000. Over 100,000 people were said to have participated in the HUNT. The fact that such a significant proportion of the county’s population was involved in the study greatly raises the value of the HUNT.

The HUNT is said to be a goldmine of information for researchers. It collaborates with national and international research organizations on significant health issues which the world faces today, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental illness, musculoskeletal disease, as well as obesity.

In addition, it has collated extensive information pertaining to medical, lifestyle and environmental factors, comprising some 800 exposure variables and almost 3,000 different variables for each individual.

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