FEB 21, 2019 11:11 AM PST

Is High Intensity Interval Training Appropriate for Heart Patients

WRITTEN BY: Abbie Arce
High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is a form of cardiovascular interval training that uses short bursts of near-maximal intensity exercise alternating with short periods of rest or active recovery.
These types of exercise sessions usually last about 20 minutes or less because of their high intensity. This timeframe is one of the factors that make HIIT so appealing. The workouts, although challenging, do not take long to complete.
Although this type of exercise stems from sports science, it may also have a place in cardiology. It is well known that heart patients who exercise lower the risk of death or heart disease. Previously though, it was not understood if HIIT would be appropriate for heart patients.
As this type of training started gaining popularity in the general population, researchers applied it to heart patients. They found that patients not only can tolerate this exercise modality but seem to enjoy it.

In the above video, Dr. Gordon Blackburn of the Cleveland Clinic discusses HIIT as an alternative for heart patients.

 
 
Sources: The Cleveland Clinic

 

About the Author
  • Abbie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with an interest in all things health-science. She has recently graduated with her BS in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Barry University in Miami. Next, she intends to earn an MPH with a focus in Epidemiology.
You May Also Like
MAY 02, 2021
Microbiology
Fasting Alters Gut Microbiota, Lowering Blood Pressure
MAY 02, 2021
Fasting Alters Gut Microbiota, Lowering Blood Pressure
Increasingly, microbes in the gut are being linked to human health and disease. New research has suggested that disrupti ...
MAY 18, 2021
Immunology
Pizza's (Temporary) Effect on the Immune System
MAY 18, 2021
Pizza's (Temporary) Effect on the Immune System
Too much salt isn’t good for you—we know that it can contribute to elevated blood pressure, cardiovascular a ...
JUL 16, 2021
Technology
Echocardiogram May Help Predict COVID-19 Patients at Risk for Heart Complications
JUL 16, 2021
Echocardiogram May Help Predict COVID-19 Patients at Risk for Heart Complications
Researchers learned early on in the pandemic that COVID-19 infections caused a range of complications throughout the bod ...
SEP 16, 2021
Cannabis Sciences
Cannabis Use and Exercise- A Dire Need for High-quality Evidence
SEP 16, 2021
Cannabis Use and Exercise- A Dire Need for High-quality Evidence
It should come as no surprise that exercise is good for our health. Regular exercise reduces the risks of serious chroni ...
SEP 23, 2021
Cardiology
Curbing Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes Through Influenza Vaccination
SEP 23, 2021
Curbing Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes Through Influenza Vaccination
Influenza is a severe infectious disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the H1N1 strain of ...
SEP 29, 2021
Health & Medicine
Does Exercise Accelerate Atherosclerosis?
SEP 29, 2021
Does Exercise Accelerate Atherosclerosis?
The last thing anyone expects an athlete to die of is a heart attack. It happened to Jim Fixx, running aficionado and be ...
Loading Comments...