Exercise could be better than pills

3 October 2013, 11:45

old_joggersExercise can be as good a medicine as pills for people with conditions such as heart disease, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) which looked at hundreds of trials involving nearly 340,000 patients to assess the merits of exercise and drugs in preventing death.

Physical activity rivalled some heart drugs and actually outperformed stroke medicine, but the findings suggest exercise should be added to prescriptions and that patients should not ditch their drugs for exercise but use both in tandem.

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A patient guide to a healthy heart

16 April 2013, 14:18

For people who have been diagnosed with a heart condition it is only natural that they are concerned about the future and seek reassurance and help after the initial treatment phase.

The authors of The Healthy Heart Book have combined their backgrounds and extensive experience in physiotherapy and nutrition to provide this comprehensive guide to achieving a full recovery.

The book covers the current recovery programme information given to patients and builds upon it to provide a thorough understanding of what to do and the reasons for doing it.

Common medical terminology is broken down to help guide recovering patients through their recovery while exercises are presented in a straightforward, easy to follow format.

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BACPR Exercise Professionals Group Spring Study Day

5 April 2013, 14:59

BACPRprocess2BACPR Exercise Professionals Group
Spring Study Day
Heart Failure: Meeting the Challenges in Physical Activity and Exercise

Aston University, Birmingham
Friday 10th May, 2013

An inter-professional forum for promoting excellence in the exercise component of cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation.

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Cycling and walking ‘must become norm’ for short journeys

28 November 2012, 10:42

People should shun the car for all journeys that could be cycled or walked in 15 to 20 minutes according to the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Regular physical activity is key to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, as well as being important for good mental health.

However, cycle use is lower in Britain than it is in other European countries, such as the Netherlands, Denmark and France.

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Vigorous excercise cuts heart attack risk by 22%

19 October 2011, 10:09

Men who do vigorous exercise three times a week were found to have a significantly lower risk of having a heart attack, compared to those of the same age who did not, according to new research.

The study, undertaken by a team from the Harvard School of Public Health, suggests some new reasons why that is the case, with the most notable being that it boosts vitamin D.

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BACPR Annual Conference

15 August 2011, 12:17

BACPR Annual Conference
Partnership working to improve care
Thistle Hotel, Brighton

6th to 7th October, 2011

This year’s conference will feature key note lectures from international experts Dr Stephan Gielen who will report on Highlights from EuroPRevent Geneva 2011,  Professor Bob Reid on Behaviour Change and Professor Barry Franklin on lifestyle modification.

In addition there will be a planned series of breakout sessions on Physical Activity a consensus statement, Appetite, Glycaemia Index and Obesity, Smoking cessation, Triggers for cardiac events, Congenital Heart Disease, Which type of fat should we be recommending? and Highlights from PCCS 2011

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TV damages your health

11 January 2011, 13:38

Watching too much television or playing computer games damages your heart regardless of how much exercise you do, scientists have warned.

In fact it’s not just the risk of heart disease, but premature death from any cause doubled for those spending more than fours hours a day glued to a screen, it was claimed in a report by Dr Emmanuel Stamatakis of University College London’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

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Working hard? Then play harder to stay healthy

16 September 2010, 11:05

Research published in the journal Heart, has found that middle aged Caucasian men that have low physical fitness and work long hours are 50% more likely die of heart disease than those who work the same hours in a week but are in good physical order.

A team lead by Andreas Holtermann at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, studied 5000 men aged 40 to 59 years old, working at different companies and occupations, for over 30 years.

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Burger, fries and a side order of statins please

17 August 2010, 11:39

Order a cheeseburger and fries and pick up a free statin tablet along with the other free condiments on offer.

Probably not the message that multi-national burger chains will be putting out to customers any time soon, but it is precisely what a group of researchers from Imperial College London suggests you should be able to do at fast food outlets as a way to offset the increase in heart attack risk from eating junk food.

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Physical activity for children with hypertension

8 June 2010, 14:48

Most people think of hypertension as being an adult’s disease, but a percentage of children also have high blood pressure and its incidence is on the rise due to the increase in obesity among kids.

Most children with hypertension lead active lives, but what about sports participation? Should children with hypertension play competitive sports?

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