Emerging Evidence in Health and Disability: Effect of Resistance Training on Risk of Coronary Artery Disease in Women with Multiple Sclerosis
White, L.J., McCoy, S.C., Castellano, V., Ferguson, M.A., Hou, W., Dressendorfe, R.H. (2006). Effect of resistance training on risk of coronary artery disease in women with multiple sclerosis. Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation, 66(4), 351-5.
Physical activity is often recommended to healthy populations to reduce Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). This study tested the hypothesis that a short-term resistance training program would be associated with a reduction in CAD risk factors in women with MS.
CAD risk factors were assessed both before and after the program. Static strength of knee extensors and ankle flexors increased significantly, while self-reported fatigue decreased after training. The number of elevated CAD risk factors for each subject was also significantly lower after training. These findings suggest that short-term resistance training may be able to reduce CAD risk factors in ambulatory females with MS.