Weight training and appropriate nutrient supplementation as an alternative method to pharmacological treatment in rehabilitation of post-myocardial infarction patients
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University of Maria Curie-Skłodowska, Lublin, Poland
Department of Zoonoses, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2012;19(3):333–338
The article describes the impact of weight training, micro-elements and vitamins on rehabilitation in post-myocardial infarction patients. Cardiac rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted intervention aimed at restoring well-being and retarding disease progression in patients with heart disease. It has been shown that exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation is effective in reducing total and cardiovascular mortality. Intake of vitamins and other diet supplements was reported to exert beneficial effects. Pharmacological medication is associated with an increased risk of severe arrhythmia, and many adverse outcomes. Therefore, since conventional medicine only relieves the symptoms, cellular nutrition should be used in order to improve the quality of life in post-myocardial infarction patients. These elements prevent another infarction. The following nutrients are reported to have beneficial effects on general and cardiovascular health: amino acids, vitamins, coenzyme Q10, pycnogenol, inositol, omega-3 fatty acids, macromineral elements, and trace mineral elements. In conclusion, the review indicates that appropriate weight training and diet supplementation ensure full recovery and elimination of risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.
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