High-Intensity Exercise Not Just for Athletes (Video)

Cardiac rehab patients can benefit too

High Intensity Exercise

Athletes often advocate high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which involves repeated short bursts of exercise at full capacity punctuated by short rest periods. Now, cardiac rehabilitation experts at Cleveland Clinic are using the same technique to help suitable heart patients. The approach is an alternative to moderate aerobic exercise, which has been demonstrated to reduce the risk of mortality in heart patients between 25 and 40 percent.

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In this video, Dr. Gordon Blackburn, Program Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Section of Preventive Cardiology, explains exactly how HIIT works, what types of patients can benefit and what they think about the approach, and why it’s growing in popularity.

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