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Based on Will EMS training become important for secondary prevention? by FRITZSCHE, D. / FRUEND, A. / SCHENK, S. / MELLWIG, K.-P. / KLEINÖDER, H. / GUMMERT, J. / HORSTKOTTE, D., Cardiology Clinic Bad Oeynhausen, Herz 2010; 35 (1): 34–40

Description of study
The medical field has proven that moderate endurance training improves chronic cardiac insufficiency. Unfortunately in reality, patients suffering from a cardiac disease struggle to commit to this exercise in a safe and reliable way to make any positive improvements on heart and health. With previous EMS studies showing the training to have great potential in improving cardiac health, this study was set out to medically assess what those improvements could be. 15 patients diagnosed with CHI completed a 6 month EMS course and medical tests followed the function of their heart and overall health, including weight and body fat distribution.

Result highlights

  • Patients proved to take up 96% more oxygen when their cardio threshold was tested
  • Blood pressure lowered significantly
  • Muscle mass increased with 14% and internal bodyfat dropped dramatically
  • All patients stated they felt a profound increase in their performance capacity.

Conclusion
Results showed that EMS training has a great potential of secondary treatment in the symptoms of chronic cardiac insufficiency. Not only did all the medical tests showed a great improvement in numbers, the patients themselves reported to have an increased quality of life with their performance capacity increasing dramatically.