Too Many Heart Patients Skip the Exercise
According to a recent study, following treatment for an acute coronary syndrome—heart attack or unstable angina, for example—most patients do not follow their doctors' guidelines for physical activity. For the study, 620 heart patients were given an activity tracker to wear at least 10 hours a day, three days a week, for five weeks. The trackers provided activity counts in 1-minute intervals throughout the day.
During the study period, only 16 percent of patients met exercise recommendations—at least 30 minutes of moderate activity at least five days per week after the first two weeks. However, according to researchers, patients were more likely to meet their goals for physical activity over time.
The study results differ from self-reported patient compliance with exercise guidelines following acute coronary syndrome, which is much higher. Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation is an important part of achieving and maintaining good health after heart attack.
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