A rowing device in the Netherlands has given health benefits to patients who are sicker than they were before it was introduced.
A team at Utrecht University in the Dutch city of Arnhem spent three years developing a machine that can boost circulation, decrease fatigue and reduce heart rate in patients with cardiovascular diseases.
They found that the device, which costs about $400, is able to help people with cardiac issues in the short term, but could also help people for longer.
“We showed that we can help people who are suffering from a certain type of heart attack and they can reduce their cardiac output in a short period of time,” said lead researcher and assistant professor of medicine, Professor Anja de Koning.
“That’s why it is a very important tool for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.”
In their study published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, the researchers showed that using the device in patients who have coronary artery disease for more than four weeks increased the number of healthy blood vessels in the heart, reducing the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
In contrast, they showed that people with other cardiovascular conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and diabetes were more likely to suffer an adverse reaction after they were fitted with the device.
The study also found that it was more effective than other methods of cardiovascular treatment, such as heart surgery.
“It was an innovative device,” said De Koning, who was also a co-author on the study.
“The fact that we showed that it could have a long-term benefit is the real thing.
This is the kind of technology that we could use to help prevent cardiovascular diseases in general.”
The device was tested on more than 60 people in six different hospitals.
The researchers found that while the device is only available for the elderly, the results were good for the general population.
In a follow-up study, they also found a significant improvement in blood pressure, heart rate and the amount of oxygen reaching the heart from the lungs.
The device could potentially be used for other cardiovascular diseases as well, the authors said.
The research team is now working on another device that they hope to use for stroke prevention.