Exercise as Good as Medicine in Treating Heart Disease

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Research findings published in the British Medical Journal reveal that exercise is ‘as good as medicine’ in the treatment of heart diseases, and should be built-in when new drugs are being developed and tried.

It said although limited in quantity, existing randomized trial evidence on exercise interventions suggests that exercise and many drug interventions are often potentially similar in terms of their mortality benefits in the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, rehabilitation after stroke, treatment of heart failure, and prevention of diabetes.

The research dubbed: “Comparative effectiveness of exercise and drug interventions on mortality outcomes: metaepidemiological study,” was made available to the Ghana News Agency on Saturday.

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