Features August 2012 Issue

How Nordic Walking and Mozart May Improve Heart Health

Studies show alternative therapies can aid in managing conditions such as heart failure and high blood pressure.

The traditional images of a heart patient taking care of himself often conjure up a brisk walk on the treadmill or around the neighborhood, healthier meals and strict adherence to a daily medication regimen. While all those behaviors art vital to a healthier life, new research continues to highlight the benefits of some non-traditional approaches to heart health. For example, a study presented at the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology in May found that Nordic walking can benefit heart failure patients, a group that faces unique challenges when it comes to exercise. Nordic walking employs the use of poles, similar to those used by cross country skiers, and has become a popular form of exercise because it provides a good upper-body and lower-body workout.

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