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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Limits to the benefits of resistance training in heart disease

    Researchers at the Center for Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, in Bad Schallerbach, Austria, compared 2 levels of resistance training combined with aerobic training in patients participating in cardiac rehabilitation.

    First, the details.

    • 295 older adults were randomly divided into 2 groups.
      • Group 1: Resistance training; 2 sets × 12 repetitions per session 2 times per week
      • Group 2: Resistance training; 3 sets × 15 repetitions
    • A resistance training session consisted of 10 different resistance exercises.
    • Patients also completed continuous moderate intensity aerobic training composed of cycle ergometry 6 times per week for 17 minutes and walking 5 times per week for 45 minutes.
    • Blood pressure, heart rate, maximal oxygen consumption, and maximal power determined during cycle ergometry, strength determined via resistance training, and blood biochemistries were assessed.

    And, the results.

    • Statistical analysis revealed equivalent improvements in exercise capacity, muscular strength, hemodynamics, and blood chemistries regardless of resistance training volume.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Nearly doubling (3 sets × 15 repetitions vs 2 sets × 12 repetitions) the volume of resistance training as part of a residential cardiac rehabilitation program does not yield further improvement in strength and cardiovascular risk factors.”

    9/12/11 20:45 JR

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