Exercise may help heart failure patients live longer

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ThinkstockPhotos-471562666New research has found a potential link between exercise and a longer lifespan in heart failure patients.

A study, presented during a trial session at Heart Failure 2016 and the third World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, suggests patients can benefit from exercise no matter their heart failure severity, age, or gender.

The study was conducted by Dr. Rod Taylor, chair of health services research and director of the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit at the University of the Exeter Medical School in Exeter, UK. Dr. Taylor and his team identified 23 randomized trials of exercise that included at least 50 heart failure patients who were followed for six months or more. The team asked authors of all 23 studies for individual patient data and received information for 20 trials and 4,043 patients. The investigators used individual patient data to assess the impact of exercise on the time to all-cause mortality and first hospitalization.

Dr. Taylor’s team found that exercise was associated with an 18 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality and an 11 percent reduced risk of hospitalization compared to those who did not exercise.

Simply put, patients who exercised had a lower risk of death than those who did not exercise.

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