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Is Exercise at Home as Effective as Exercise in the Lab for Cardiac Rehab?

When one has a heart attack or other cardiovascular event, rehabilitation usually follows. Researchers have found that exercise can be a very effective form of cardiac rehabilitation.

A treadmill was just one piece of equipment used for cardiac rehabilitation subjects in a recent study.
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Researchers monitored subjects in a laboratory when studying the effects of exercise as a form of cardiac rehabilitation. These researchers now want to know if exercise at home will be just as effective as exercise in the laboratory.

At first, research showed that subjects who used a treadmill in a laboratory setting healed more quickly than subjects who exercised at home. However, all subjects received the same amount of oxygen uptake whether at home or in the lab.

After one year of continued daily exercise regimens at home and at the lab, home exercise subjects began to show a higher frequency of exercise than the laboratory exercise subjects. Therefore, exercise for cardiac rehabilitation patients at home is not only just as effective as exercise in a laboratory; it is a better choice since most patients tend to exercise more often at home than they do at the laboratory.

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