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Regular Exercise May Help Seniors Stave Off Heart Failure
Date:11/15/2012

she added.

"This," Fiuzat said, "is an excellent first step towards answering some key unanswered questions: What is the mechanism by which exercise helps the heart in patients with heart disease? Can we tailor patient-specific recommendations for intensity and frequency of exercise? Could your doctor one day use blood tests to prescribe and measure benefits of exercise, the same way we treat cholesterol levels today?"

While the study found an association between physical activity among older adults and reduced risk of heart injury, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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For more on exercise for seniors, visit the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

SOURCES: Christopher R. deFilippi, M.D., associate professor, medicine, division of cardiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore; Mona Fiuzat, Ph.D., assistant professor, medicine, departments of medicine and medicine-clinical pharmacology, Duke University, Durham, N.C.; Nov. 14, 2012, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, online


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