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Heart patients urged to exercise their calf muscles

from Science Network WA via Medical Xpress

Scientists have a strange tip for heart disease sufferers: make sure you exercise your ankles. University of Western Australia sports biomechanics scientist Fausto Panizzolo studied the walking style of people suffering from chronic heart failure and compared their stride to healthy, age- and fitness-matched volunteers. His team found people with heart failure chose to walk at the same speed and in the same way as their healthy counterparts, except their ankle muscles work much harder to keep up. more

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