HEALTH: Heart Patients Not Getting Enough Activity

Although supervised aerobic physical activity is a proven therapy for heart failure patients, lack of social support and practical barriers such as lack of transportation, keep many patients from benefitting from cardiac rehab programs, according to new research in “Circulation: Heart Failure”, an American Heart Association journal.

“Patients, family members, and healthcare providers should work together to find solutions to the barriers preventing a patient from participating in structured exercise programs, because exercise programs can help patients manage their condition,” said Lauren B. Cooper, M.D., lead author of the study and a fellow in cardiovascular diseases at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina.

It’s a timely reminder that recovery requires commitment, support and opportunities to get fit.

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