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A Single Bout of Exercise is Cardioprotective

  Repeatedly exposing the heart to short, non-life-threatening episodes of ischemia — an inadequate supply of blood to the heart — makes the heart more resistant to a more serious, future ischemia episode.   Medical News Today –December 10, 2017 –Ana Sandiou How a single bout of exercise instantly protects the heart An acute episode of exercise can ‘train’ the heart and protect it against future damage. The results of the new research — led by Dick Thijssen, who is…

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Slow Walking Pace Predicts Heart-Related Deaths

A simple self-reported measure of slow walking pace could aid risk stratification for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality within the general population,” concluded the researchers. From Nursing Times –Slow walking pace is ‘good predictor’ of heart-related deaths– –August 30, 2017– Middle-aged people who report that they are slow walkers could be at higher risk of heart disease compared to the general population, according to UK researchers. They suggested that walking pace could be a “simple” indicator of a patient’s risk of…

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High Intensity Interval Training in Aging Men Improves Cardiac Function

Background This study examined a programme of pre-conditioning exercise with subsequent high intensity interval training (HIIT) on blood pressure, echocardiography, cardiac strain mechanics and maximal metabolic (MET) capacity in sedentary (SED) aging men compared with age matched masters athletes (LEX). Conclusions A programme of preconditioning exercise with HIIT induces clinically relevant improvements in blood pressure, rate pressure product and encourages recovery of heart rate reserve in SED, while improving maximal MET capacity in both SED and LEX without inducing any…

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Cochrane Review: Yoga and Preventing Heart Disease

Yoga for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease Background A sedentary lifestyle and stress are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Since yoga involves exercise and is thought to help in stress reduction it may be an effective strategy in the primary prevention of CVD. Authors’ conclusions The limited evidence comes from small, short-term, low-quality studies. There is some evidence that yoga has favourable effects on diastolic blood pressure, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and uncertain effects on LDL cholesterol.…

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