An analysis of data on more than 9,800 adult coronary artery disease patients found that those who were most physically fit were 75% less likely to die from all causes than their least physically fit counterparts, regardless of treatment with procedure to open blocked heart arteries. The risk of death declined by 13% for each increase of one metabolic equivalent, a measure of exercise capacity. The findings were to be reported at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association.

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