Vigorous exercise 'can repair damaged hearts'

5 November 2012

People who engage in regular and enthusiastic exercise have been found to boost their heart's vitality.

Researchers found that participating in dynamic physical activity can help to bring dormant stem cells to life.

The study, completed at Liverpool John Moores University and published in the European Heart Journal, suggests that people who have suffered from a heart attack might now have a way of improving their damaged heart.

Healthy male rats were used in an experiment to come to such conclusions. The researchers studied them on an intensity-controlled treadmill over a period of four weeks.

"This study adds to the growing evidence that adult hearts may be able to make new muscle from dormant stem cells," commented Professor Jeremy Pearson, associate director of the British Heart Foundation.

"However, much more research is now needed to find out whether what's been seen in this study can be translated into treatments for human patients."

According to the NHS, heart attacks are one of the most common reasons why people need medical treatment, with most occurring in men over the age of 45.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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