Workout can benefit even fragile hearts

April 7, 2009 2:50:49 PM PDT
Exercise was traditionally thought to be dangerous for those with damaged hearts. Doctors now say instructions to rest may be doing patients more harm than good. New research in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds aerobic exercise is safe and helps patients feel better.

Researchers at Duke University tracked more than 2,300 heart failure patients.

Those who exercised regularly reduced their odds for hospitalization and premature death.

According to doctors, those same patients who regularly exercised by waking outside, using a treadmill or riding a stationary bike also improved their endurance.

Researchers say physical activity gets the heart pumping and that a workout can benefit even fragile hearts.