A recent article in the Boston Globe reports that exercise is better for some heart patients than angioplasty. Studies have shown heart patients benefit from exercise, and some have shown that it works better than surgical procedures.
“It’s difficult to convince people to exercise instead of having an angioplasty, but it works,’’ said Rainer Hambrecht of Klinikum Links der Weser in Bremen, Germany.
Hambrecht published a study in 2004 that found that nearly 90 percent of heart patients who rode bikes regularly were free of heart problems one year after they started their exercise regimen. Among patients who had an angioplasty instead, only 70 percent were problem-free after a year.