Every 42-seconds about 1 American has an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and it is estimated that annually 550,000 and 200,000 new and recurrent MI occur respectively. Arterial stiffness (AS), a condition where the blood vessel walls have a reduced ability to respond effectively to the pressure of blood with each heartbeat and the body’s oxygen demands, is associated with aging. AS has been found to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and worsen the outcomes for people who have had a heart attack (myocardial infarction).
Physical activity may help arterial stiffness
Post-myocardial infarction patients may benefit from increased physical activity (PA) by a reduction of AS according to new research. The researchers found a dose-related response between the amount of PA and AS. Moderate to vigorous PA of >300 min/wk is associated with less arterial stiffness. Patients who suffer MI should be referred to cardiac rehabilitation and counseled on ways to increase overall PA levels.
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