"Grinch Syndrome" patients benefit from exercise

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 2:54pm

Patients suffering from a rare heart condition may find exercise will work better than medication. Researchers studied 18 patients with the “Grinch Syndrome", a condition in which their hearts are two sizes too small.

In the study half the patients took a placebo pill, followed by three months of exercise training.

They found the patients taking the placebo did not show signs of improvement, but all the participants in the exercise group saw their circulation and kidney function improve, and had a significantly better quality of life.

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