New Study Shows Exercise Improves Heart Health in Cancer Patients

Despite the immense challenges that cancer represents to both patients and medical professionals, it’s comforting to know that cancer research continues to make great strides. Naturally, our ears perked up when a new study from the the Journal of Clinical Oncology hit our inboxes. The study links exercise to improved cardiorespiratory fitness in adult patients suffering from cancer.

Though this might seem like a self-evident revelation (we already know, for instance, that sedentary lifestyles can increase the risk of diseases like cancer), there is more here than meets the eye. As Medpage points out in their analysis of the study, “up to 80% [of patients with adult onset cancer] have significant impairment in peak oxygen consumption.”

Indeed, diminished cardiovascular function is common among cancer patients. And according to the American Cancer Society, cancer-related fatigue is also quite common, often due in part to the decline in heart health that typically accompanies many types of cancer.

It’s a problem that tends to compound upon itself. More challenging still is that fact that, even though cancer patients find it difficult to exercise due to cancer-related fatigue, this new research suggests that exercise is key to improving heart health in cancer patients.

So where does that leave us?

To begin with, it is important for cancer patients to find the right environment to enable safe and productive exercise. This includes finding the right tools to support healthy cardiovascular exercise, of which there are a number of encouraging examples.

In a pilot study documented in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, for example, low-impact cardiovascular exercise on the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill™ was shown to improve cardiovascular conditioning and health for breast cancer survivors. In its recommendations for exercise as part of cancer treatment, Harvard Health recommends “referral to an accredited exercise physiologist and/or physical therapist.”

Though specific exercise recommendations will vary from patient to patient, this new study from Journal of Oncology is significant for a number of reasons. For medical professionals, the study supports the role of exercise in improving cardiovascular health for cancer patients. For those cancer patients suffering from cardiovascular decline, the study offers a potential path to regaining some function, quality of life, and overall health.

And for the rest of the world, this new study indicates that finding links between cardiovascular fitness in cancer patients and exercise remains a priority for cancer researchers across the country.

That is welcome news.

What is Differential Air Pressure?

Breakthroughs in technology are taking modern physical therapy to new heights. As we learned in the previous post in this series, physical therapy technology has come a long way, with new advancements in the ways physical therapists assess, monitor, and rehabilitate patients. Continue reading “What is Differential Air Pressure?”

The Evolution of AlterG Technology and What it Means to You

Since our humble beginnings in 2005, AlterG® has come a long way. So too has the evolution of physical therapy, often progressing at a dizzying pace. In keeping with our commitment to being a pioneer in advanced rehabilitation technology, we’ve continued to add to and improve upon our suite of tools. Continue reading “The Evolution of AlterG Technology and What it Means to You”

The Technology Revolutionizing Athletic Training and Rehab

For dedicated athletes, it’s all about gaining the edge. In training. In competition. And when injuries do happen, the more optimal and efficient the injury rehabilitation program, the sooner athletes can return to the arena.

Continue reading “The Technology Revolutionizing Athletic Training and Rehab”

Working Smarter – The Evolution of Physical Therapy Technology

It’s amazing how far modern physical therapy has come since the early days. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, the first professional organization for PTs was formed in 1921 (the American Women’s Physical Therapeutic Association, as it were). The practice itself was, of course, formed much earlier, though perhaps not under such official nomenclature. Continue reading “Working Smarter – The Evolution of Physical Therapy Technology”

Tips and Tricks for Celebrating Fourth of July Safely

Each year, Americans ring in Independence Day in style. Picnics, barbecues, and over-the-top fireworks displays win the day. We plan, we shop, we invite the whole family.

Sometimes the entire neighborhood!

In the spirit of American independence, here is some quick Fourth of July history, along with some tips for celebrating Fourth of July safely. Continue reading “Tips and Tricks for Celebrating Fourth of July Safely”

Evidence-Based Physical Therapy – What You Need to Know

 

In physical therapy, accuracy, and consistency are of the utmost importance. To be effective, therapists tailor each PT program to the needs of a given patient. Those needs, of course, vary widely. Still, most situations that require PT can be grouped into existing categories with corresponding PT programs. And one of the key ways that many of today’s practices are ensuring consistency and efficacy is by basing therapy on authoritative information. Continue reading “Evidence-Based Physical Therapy – What You Need to Know”

What is a Stroke? Symptoms, Causes, and Response

In honor of American Stroke Awareness Month, welcome to our four-part series on stroke. Each blog we publish the month of May will be dedicated to educating people about stroke, building awareness, and introducing treatment, rehab, and recovery options. Continue reading “What is a Stroke? Symptoms, Causes, and Response”

3 Ways to Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.” Why are these numbers so low, when there is ample evidence that regular exercise can be of immense benefit? Continue reading “3 Ways to Celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month”

Did You Miss Our Last Webinar? How Anti-Gravity Technology Can Help Anyone

AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill

If there is one belief that we are deeply committed to, it is the ability of anti-gravity technology to change lives. We’ve seen the impact it can make on people young and old, physically fit or suffering from a debilitating injury. Professional athletes. Stroke survivors. People approaching middle age. Continue reading “Did You Miss Our Last Webinar? How Anti-Gravity Technology Can Help Anyone”