The Cardiovascular Benefits Of Exercise For Cancer Survivors

The Cardiovascular Benefits Of Exercise For Cancer Survivors

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Exercise has long been recognised as a cornerstone of health, offering various benefits for both physical and mental well-being. In an article by Cancer Health, a recent research has been reported about the profound effects of exercise on cancer survivors, revealing promising outcomes in cardiovascular health.

Research On Exercise And Cardiovascular Health On Cancer Survivors

A study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting (AACR 2024) sheds light on how exercise interventions can significantly enhance vascular function among survivors of breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer. Led by Cami Christopher, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Research Center, the study underscores the pivotal role of exercise in mitigating cardiovascular risks in cancer populations.

Breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer survivors often face heightened risks of cardiovascular disease (including atherosclerosis, hypertension and heart failure), attributed in part to the adverse effects of cancer treatments. To address this concern, Christopher and her team initiated a four-month aerobic and resistance training program aimed at enhancing vascular function in cancer survivors. The results were compelling, with participants experiencing notable improvements in endothelial function and reduced vascular wall thickness compared to control groups receiving usual care.

The study explored exercise as a viable intervention for combatting cardiovascular risks in cancer survivors. By evaluating brachial artery flow-mediated dilation and carotid intima media thickness, researchers gained insights into the tangible benefits of exercise on vascular health. Notably, the exercise regimen encompassed both aerobic activity and resistance training, reflecting a comprehensive approach to improving cardiovascular outcomes.

38 breast cancer, 28 colorectal cancer, and 24 prostate cancer survivors comprised the study, all with a median age in the mid-sixties. Initially, these individuals were characterised as sedentary and exhibiting overweight or obesity. Notably, three-quarters of the participants had undergone chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or both.

Subsequently, the participants were randomly allocated to one of two groups: either receiving standard care or engaging in an interval-based circuit exercise program. This program encompassed a blend of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity and resistance training, with supervised sessions conducted thrice weekly over a span of four months.

Following the intervention period, individuals in the exercise group demonstrated noteworthy outcomes. They exhibited a significant increase in brachial artery flow-mediated dilation compared to their counterparts in the control group. Additionally, there was a marked reduction in carotid intima media thickness observed among those who participated in the exercise regimen.

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Key Takeaway

The findings of the study underscore the potential for integrating exercise interventions into clinical care for cancer survivors. As the prevalence of cancer continues to rise globally, proactive measures to address associated cardiovascular risks are paramount.

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