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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

For Some, Exercise More Effective than Angioplasty

At a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology last weekend, some doctors made an eye-opening recommendation: Prescribe exercise for patients instead of angioplasty, at least in some cases. (For those of you who haven't had the pleasure, angioplasty is a surgical procedure that opens clogged arteries.)

A 2004 study "found that nearly 90 percent of heart patients who rode bikes regularly were free of heart problems one year after they started their exercise regimen. Among patients who had an angioplasty instead, only 70 percent were problem-free after a year."

Considering that regular exercise lowers bad cholesterol, raises heart-healthy HDL cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, and relieves stress, it seems like a no-brainer to me. But doctors know how difficult it can be to convince patients to make lifestyle changes rather; most people want the "quick fix."

If you're seeking a quick fix for an unhealthy workplace, I'm afraid there's no magic bullet. But we know from experience that most people are willing and able to make small positive changes, as long as they're given good information and the right support.

If you're ready to start, drop us a line. We can help!

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