The IMST, which was developed way back in the 1980s, is a means to wean critically ill people off ventilators
Working-out for five minutes a day can now reduce the risk of a heart attack. As per a new research, it has been found that an innovative five-minute workout is an effective and efficient way of reducing the risk of a heart attack. It also helps you to think clearly and boosts your performance.
These were the preliminary results from a clinical trial of Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training (IMST) and were presented at the Experimental Biology Conference.
“IMST is basically strength-training for the muscles you breathe-in with,” said Daniel Craighead, lead author of the study.
The IMST, which was developed way back in the 1980s, is basically a means to wean critically ill people off ventilators. It also involves breathing-in vigorously through a hand-held device – an inspiratory muscle trainer – which provides resistance. It is very similar to sucking hard through a straw which then sucks back.
“It’s something you can do quickly at your home or office, without having to change your clothes, and so far it looks like it is very beneficial to people with low blood pressure and can possibly boost cognitive and physical performance,” Craighead further added.
As per the researchers, it leads to more restful sleep and the subjects also showed an unexpected positive side effect in about six weeks – the blood pressure dropped by 12 mm, which made the researchers extremely interested in this exercise.
“High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is the number one cause of death in America,” said Craighead. “Having another option in the toolbox to help prevent it would be a real victory.”
While IMST helps in bringing down the blood pressure levels, more research is required to fully ascertain its positive impact on heart health. Therefore, it is advised that critically ill patients should consult their doctor before trying it.