Being fit and staying that way has been everyone’s favorite New Year’s resolution. Physical exercises not only help us feel better about ourselves but make us healthier. And it seems that the benefits of a physically active life don’t end here. According to a new study, physical exercises can reduce the probability of a heart attack.
The idea that physical exercises can contribute to maintaining the health of the cardiovascular system is not entirely new. As it happens, this is the first piece of advice any cardiologist would give you if you have problems with your heart.
But, it seems that this is the first study that was actually capable of establishing a direct link between exercising and the probability of surviving the first heart attack. We all know that in over 60 percent of the cases, the first heart attack can be deadly.
Well, according to the study performed by Clinton Brawner, a physiologist working for the Henry Ford Health System, a Detroit-based health institute, the probability of death after the patient’s first heart attack can decrease if the patient has a healthy and active life.
The study was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings and its result might impact millions of patients from around the world who are suffering from cardiovascular diseases or have a high risk of suffering a deadly myocardial infarction.
In order to see the impact of physical exercises on the cardiovascular system, the scientists working for the Detroit-based health institute enlisted the help of over 2000 patients. During the study, the doctor and his team of medical researchers subjected the patients to various stress tests in order to see their predisposition of having a heart attack.
According to his results, all of the tested patients suffered their first attack within an interval of 6 years following the stress test. Moreover, it would seem that the patients who were physically active had 40 percent fewer chances of dying after their first heart attack, than those who did not exercise regularly.
The study concluded that physical exercises can reduce the probability of a heart attack. Also, the end results pointed out that daily exercises can actually decrease the probability of dying the first year following the heart attack by 8 to 10 percent, depending on the patient’s fitness level and how well they’ve performed in the stress test.
Keep in mind that heart diseases, like any other diseases, should not be taken lightly. It would be a good idea to seek medical help if you know that someone from your family has or had died from a cardiovascular disease. Chances are that you yourself might be at risk of developing such a condition.