Spinning classes 'can develop biochemical indications linked with heart attacks'

7 February 2012

People who frequently visit a gym in order to stay fit have been urged to be cautious of heart problems while participating in some exercises.

A new study conducted by researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found similarities between how the body indicates a heart attack and the strain it is subjected to in a long spinning class.

The scientists expanded that the exercise session and the health problem trigger identical biochemical indications, which heightens the need for people to seek emergency aid if they suffer chest pain following the gym activity.

In order to prove its theory, the researchers studied ten healthy people with an average age of 30, who each participated in an hour-long spinning class.

By the end of the exercise, the level of the cardiac biomarker heart enzyme troponin T mostly doubled, though in two cases almost increased to the threshold which can trigger a heart attack.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley also warned those who pursue a lifestyle which involves drinking excessive amounts of alcohol that such a choice can increase the chance of them suffering a stroke, developing cancer or contracting heart disease.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

Duttaroy, Borjesson. 'A single-bout of one-hour spinning exercise increases troponin T in healthy subjects'. Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal. February 6th 2012.


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