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Study: Exercise May Be As Effective As Medicine For Heart Disease

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File photo of people using exercise machines at the gym. (credit: AP Photo/Markus Gilliar, Pool)

File photo of people using exercise machines at the gym. (credit: AP Photo/Markus Gilliar, Pool)

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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – A recent collaborative study found that exercising may be as effective in treating heart disease as prescription medication.

According to Reuters, researchers from Harvard University, Stanford University and the London School of Economics found that medications and exercise had the same positive effects on patients who are prediabetic or suffering from coronary heart disease.

Additionally, exercise was a more effective treatment for stroke patients than medicine, those involved in the study learned by looking at data from 305 studies that involved a total of almost 340,000 participants.

Researchers were quoted as saying in their study, “In cases where drug options provide only modest benefit, patients deserve to understand the relative impact that physical activity might have on their condition.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta lists additional benefits to physical activity on its official website, including the reduction of cancer risk and the improvement of bone strength and mental health.

The study was published in the British Medical Journal.

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