Physical Activity may Slow Down Progression of Heart Injury in Older Adults: Study

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  November 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM Heart Disease News
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According to a new study, moderate physical activity in older adults that led sedentary lifestyle could reduce the progression of heart injury.
 Physical Activity may Slow Down Progression of Heart Injury in Older Adults: Study
Physical Activity may Slow Down Progression of Heart Injury in Older Adults: Study

In a pilot study, 310 adults 70 years and older with a previously sedentary lifestyle, were randomly assigned to one-year supervised physical activity or to health education controls. Troponin T, a blood-based injury marker which historically has been used for the diagnosis of heart attack was measured with a new high sensitive cardiac assay (hs cTnT).

The levels, measured at baseline and at one year, had more than a three times increase in the control population than in the exercise group, researchers said."Our findings suggest biochemical evidence to support the old adage, 'You're never too old to start a physical activity program to improve cardiac health,'" said Christopher DeFilippi, M.D., study lead author.Researchers will further explore the impact of exercise on successful aging in a National Institute of Aging study.

Source: Eurekalert

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