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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