FRIDAY, April 16, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Dialysis is time-consuming, making it hard for kidney failure patients to keep fit. But cycling during treatment sessions could boost patients’ heart health and cut medical costs, new research shows.
Dialysis can lead to long-term scarring of the heart, which can eventually lead to heart failure, so British researchers decided to find out if exercise could reduce these side effects.
“We know that being more active can help reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as helping to control weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, and improve mental health,” said chief investigator James Burton. He’s a professor of renal medicine at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in the United Kingdom.
“For all those reasons — but especially because the risk of heart disease is so high — keeping active is particularly important for people on dialysis,” Burton said in a university