Exercising for the Heart

Cardiovascular disease around the world  is one of great concerns to patients and health providers alike. Cardiac rehabilitation aims to return patients with heart disease to health by  exercise-only based rehabilitation or comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation.
The Objective of a study on the subject was to determine the effectiveness of exercise-only or exercise as part of a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation programme on the mortality, morbidity,  modifiable cardiac risk factors and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of patients with coronary heart disease.
Electronic databases were searched for randomized  trials, using standardised trial filters, for a period of about 10 years.
The subject of the trial were men and women of all ages, whether in hospital or in community settings, who  had coronary artery bypass graft, myocardial infarction,  or percutaneous  coronary angioplasty, or who had angina pectoris or coronary artery disease.
The studies were selected independently by two reviewers, and data was collected independently. 8440 patient results were analyzed.
The results showed that exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation is effective in reducing cardiac deaths. It is not clear from this review whether exercise-only or a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation intervention is more beneficial. More research will have to be done  to determine that.The population studied in this review was still predominantly low risk, male and middle aged. Identification of the ethnic origin of the participants was seldom reported. (It is possible that patients who would have benefited most from the intervention were not included in the trials on the grounds of age, sex or co-morbidity).
In plain lamguage it was found that regular exercise or, alternatively, exercise with education and psychological support can lower the likelihood of dying from heart disease.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of the most common forms of heart disease.  The heart is affected by restricting or blocking the flow of blood around it. This in turn can lead to a feeling of tightness in the chest (angina) or a heart attack. Cardiac rehabilitation tries to restore people with CHD to health through regular exercise or a combination of exercise together with education and psychological support. The findings of this review show that either form of cardiac rehabilitation can reduce the likelihood of death from heart disease.
One of the current tested methods of exercise practice for neuromuscular physical rehabilitation  is the TUTOR system. The HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR have been devised to offer the patient intensive exercises for a variety of ailments. The TUTOR physical therapy products are ergonomically designed gloves and braces that include sensors connected to exclusive, motivating and challenging games.  This allows  the patient to practice isolated and/or interjoint coordination exercises. The physical therapist then records and evaluates these movements and designs an exclusive exercise program for the patient. The TUTORs are currently in use in leading U.S. and European rehabilitation hospitals and clinics and are also available for home use through telerehabilitation. The TUTORs are usable by adults and children and are fully certified by the FDA and CE. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for further information.
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