Exercise better than angioplasty for heart patients

08/31/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Rather than perform angioplasties, physicians should focus on getting their heart patients to exercise, research indicates. A 2004 study showed nearly 90% of heart attack patients who rode bikes regularly were free of heart problems one year later, compared with 70% of patients who were problem-free one year after angioplasty. The lead researcher on the 2004 study is conducting a similar trial now.

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