A round of golf may be just what the doctor ordered for heart disease patients, a German study suggests. Heart disease patients need to strike a balance during exercise -- they need to push the heart enough to strengthen it without putting too much stress on the muscle. In a study of 20 men with the condition, a research team from the University of Giessen, Germany, found that golfing got the patients' hearts pumping at a rate similar to those of eight healthy study participants. Yet the exercise did not seem to raise blood pressure or overly stress the heart. Martin Unverdorben and his colleagues report their findings in the October issue of the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
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