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Date:3/2/2010

months previously to treat angina pectoris -- chest pain experienced during physical activity.

The men were randomly selected to be in a control group or a group that did six weeks of exercise training, three times a week, at 60 percent to 80 percent of maximum heart rate. At the start of the study, at the end of the training period and after one year, all of the men underwent an exercise stress test and their blood was tested for levels of inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein.

At the end of their program, the men in the training group showed significant improvement in exercise capacity and a significant decrease in inflammatory markers. This did not occur in the control group. One year later, levels of inflammatory markers among men in the training group were still significantly lower than they had been at the start of the study.

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers tips on how to prevent and control heart disease.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, March 2, 2010


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