A research team found a daily walk to be beneficial. Even tai chi, yoga and balance training can help and encourage patients to keep them healthy.
The study published by the American Heart Association said patients should be encouraged to do everyday household chores instead of simply given medication. The document said simple household tasks can improve strength and balance and reduce frailty - particularly among elderly patients.
Dr. Daniel Forman, a geriatric cardiologist and chair of the American Heart Association, said doctors are too focused on using drugs - and instead should prioritise exercise.
"Many healthcare providers are focussed only on the medical management of diseases, such as heart failure, heart attacks, valvular heart disease and strokes, without directly focusing on helping patients maximize their physical function," he said.
Dr Forman of the University of Pittsburgh added, "Emphasising physical function as a fundamental part of therapy can improve older patients' quality of life and their ability to carry out activities of daily living."
"By the time they're 75, about half of cardiac patients are taking more than 10 medications, and they can have cumulative effects that are uncertain and which can be debilitating," Forman concluded.
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