The latest study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has concluded that exercise has the same level of effectiveness as does medicines or pills used for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders. During this research, scientists evaluated numerous trials in which approximately 340,000 patients were enrolled to determine the merits of drugs and exercise on prevention of heart patients.
It has been estimated that nearly 33.33% of UK people do standard recommended exercise including cycling and running. The drugs used to treat heart diseases are continuing to increase as in 2010 17.7 prescriptions/person were filed on an average when compared to 11.2 in 2000 in UK.
Diuretics and exercise were the most useful therapy against heart disease as found after the evaluation of 305 trials.
“Medicines are an extremely important part of the treatment of many heart conditions and people on prescribed drugs should keep taking their vital meds. If you have a heart condition or have been told you’re at high risk of heart disease, talk to your doctor about the role that exercise can play in your treatment.”
The combination of drugs and exercise could play a vital role in the treatment of CVS diseases, said by Dr Peter Coleman of the Stroke Association.
“We would like to see more research into the long-term benefits of exercise for stroke patients.
“By taking important steps, such as regular exercise, eating a balanced diet and stopping smoking, people can significantly reduce their risk of stroke.”
“Moderate physical activity, for example, can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 27%.”
Reference: Huseyin Naci, John P A Ioannidis. “Comparative effectiveness of exercise and drug interventions on mortality outcomes: metaepidemiological study” BMJ 2013;347:f5577. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5577
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