Previous research has shown that vigorous exertion may increase the risk of acute myocardial infarction and cardiac arrest. The purpose of this study was therefore to investigate whether this risk was greater in high versus moderate intensity exercise, both during and immediately after exercise.
The results indicated that the risk of CVD events was low regardless of intensity. Because of the well-known benefits of high intensity exercise for the heart function, the researchers therefore recommend this type of workout for heart patients as well as healthy people.
Due to the fact that the study represented a rather novel approach to exercise for heart patients, it attracted a lot of attention in the exercise research field. Rognmo was interviewed in Reuters (read the article here), and in the current issue of Circulation, the study is described and discussed in detail in the editorial. International acknowledgement is a great encouragement and give inspiration to further research on this topic.
Written by Maria Henningsen.