Exercise can help patients recovering from heart failure (Mary Mackenzie)

You would think that recovering from a heart transplant would involve plenty of rest, but researchers at St. Paul’s Hospital are finding the opposite is true.

They have found that physical activity is an integral part of recovering from heart failure.

“I think something like 80 per cent of people go on to do very well,” says Mary Mackenzie of St. Paul’s, who notes that’s a particularly high number when you consider a patient’s health prior to needing a mechanical device like a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).

Jon Azpiri reports

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