Exercise proves to be as good as heart pills for Sheffield man

Andrew Brierley has survived three heart attacks but is getting better through exercise
Andrew Brierley has survived three heart attacks but is getting better through exercise
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A 55-year-old from Sheffield who survived three heart attacks is getting better through exercise.

Andrew Brierley, from Ecclesall, struggled to climb the stairs and didn’t know if he could carry on living with his ill state of health.

But sessions at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre, as part of a GP referral scheme for people with heart problems, have turned his life around.

A national study released yesterday found exercise can be as good a medicine as pills for people with heart disease – and rivalled some heart drugs.

The findings suggest exercise should be added to prescriptions, the researchers say.

Andrew, who takes part in one-hour sessions of circuit exercises specifically designed to strengthen the heart, said: “I was really surprised when the exercise was physical, but the instructor never let me do more than I should. I was astonished when I started to notice the difference – I had more energy.”