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Motivation helps heart patients stay active

Cardiovascular Business

Alexander Fanaroff, MD, an interventional cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, spoke with Cardiovascular Business about his late-breaking BE ACTIVE randomized clinical trial presented at ACC.24.[1] The study looked at the effect of gamification and financial incentives to increase physical activity among patients with an elevated risk for major adverse cardiovascular events.

“The genesis for this study is that we know that physical activity is hugely beneficial for improving cardiovascular and also non-cardiovascular outcomes. It reduces cardiovascular death, it reduces all cause death, reduces heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, hyperlipidemia. But we also know that most Americans don’t get enough physical activity, especially as they get older and are an increased risk for cardiovascular disease,” Fanaroff said.