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High-Intensity Interval Training Is Safe, Effective For Heart Transplant Patients

August 18, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
People who have undergone a heart transplant can safely do high-intensity exercise, according to a 12-week Danish study of 16 patients who had been living with a new heart for at least a year. The study tested the effects of high-intensity interval training – exercising for a few minutes at close to the maximum heart rate – versus moderate training. Researchers found that high-intensity interval training is not only safe for heart transplant patients, the effect on exercise capacity and blood pressure control is much better than moderate intensity training.
Christian H. Dall et al., "Effect of High-Intensity Training Versus Moderate Training on Peak Oxygen Uptake and Chronotropic Response in Heart Transplant Recipients: A Randomized Crossover Trial. ", American Journal of Transplantation, August 18, 2014, © The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons
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