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Intense workouts may be safe for heart patients: Study

Published on Sep 3, 2012 9:08 AM

(REUTERS) - Moderate levels of exercise are often prescribed for people recovering from a heart attack or heart surgery, but pumping up workouts to high-intensity level may also be a safe option, according to a Norwegian study.

"The results of the current study indicate that the risk of a cardiovascular event is low after both high-intensity exercise and moderate-intensity exercise," wrote Mr Oelvind Rognmo, lead author of the study and a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in the journal Circulation.

Mr Rognmo said there is plenty of evidence that the harder people work out, the more benefit they gain in cardiovascular function. His team wanted to see if heart patients could benefit from high-intensity exercise, too.

The concern for heart patients, though, is that the higher exertion may carry an increased risk of heart malfunction.

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