The best medicine for patients with stable congestive heart failure (CHF) may be to get out of bed and get moving, according to researchers in Italy and the United States.
In a study of 99 patients, 50 exercised moderately three times a week for the first eight weeks and twice a week for the remainder of the 14-month program. The control group of 49 patients did not exercise at all. After 40 months of follow-up, five patients in the exercise group had been hospitalized with CHF compared with 14 in the control group. Nine patients who exercised had died compared with 20 deaths among controls. The exercise group also scored higher on a quality-of-life questionnaire.
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