Vigorous activity weekly may improve outcomes in stable CAD

Vigorous activity weekly may improve outcomes in stable CAD

Performing vigorous physical activity once or twice a week compared with sedentary behavior or light physical activity may improve long-term cardiac health in patients with stable coronary artery disease, according to a study recently published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Simone Biscaglia, M.D., of the Cardiovascular Institute, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria di Ferrara in Cona, Italy, and colleagues examined data from an international prospective registry called CLARIFY, which included 32,370 patients with stable coronary artery disease. The researchers followed this registry of consecutively treated outpatients for up to five years. The patients were then divided into groups based on the intensity of performed: sedentary (16.1 percent of patients), light activity performed most weeks (51.4 percent), vigorous activity once to twice a week (16.8 percent), and vigorous activity performed three or more times a week (15.7 percent).

The researchers found that the group of patients who performed vigorous activity once to twice weekly had the lowest risk for the primary outcome, which was the composite of cardiovascular death, , and stroke (hazard ratio, 0.82 compared with the light physical activity group). Patients who partook in more often than twice weekly did not appear to experience any additional health benefits.

"This can reassure patients with stable coronary artery disease—fear of having a should not be a barrier to physical activity," Biscaglia said in a statement. "More research is needed to discover what drives the reduction in cardiovascular death seen with exercise—partly this is due to fewer fatal strokes, but the other mechanisms are currently unknown."

Several authors disclosed financial ties to pharmaceutical companies, including Servier; the CLARIFY registry is supported by Servier.


Explore further

Vigorous exercise once or twice a week linked to best outcomes in heart patients

More information: Abstract/Full Text

Copyright © 2019 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Vigorous activity weekly may improve outcomes in stable CAD (2019, November 21) retrieved 7 December 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-11-vigorous-weekly-outcomes-stable-cad.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments