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Physical Fitness Improves Survival, Prevents Some Heart Attacks

We found that each 1-MET increase in a person's exercise capacity was associated with a 13 percent reduction in risk of death, regardless of whether they had previously had a procedure to open a blocked artery," says co-investigator John W. McEvoy, M.B., B.Ch., a cardiology fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The researchers say their findings highlight the importance of physical activity and fitness among people with coronary artery disease. "Improving and maintaining fitness should be a high priority for patients," says senior author Michael go Blaha, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a cardiologist with the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. "Our results suggest that increasing physical fitness through cardiac rehabilitation programs and exercise may be an effective supplement to medications my website for preventing complications associated with coronary artery disease.
Full story: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/jhm-pfi111313.php

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