More than 5 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease or heart failure. They frequently make lifestyle and dietary changes to try to stay ahead of their heart disease. Doing so can help to not only increase the length of their lifespan; it can also improve the quality of their lives.
For many, these changes include adding exercise to their daily regimen. However, a recent study conducted by AS, Mozaffarian D, Roger VL, et al., which was published in the medical journal Circulation, concluded that for patients suffering with heart disease, a heart-rate of more than 70 beats per minute can increase one’s risk of hospitalization due to heart failure and morbidity.
These findings were based on a retrospective analysis and continued research on the participants of the CHARM heart study conducted by Castagno D, Skali H, Takeuchi M, et al., which was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2012.
Based on these findings, patients with heart disease should not stop exercising, but should instead monitor their heart rates and keep their physical activities at a moderate level, such as a leisurely bike ride or a slightly brisk walk.