Newswise — John C. Quindry, an assistant professor in Appalachian State University's Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science, is studying the role short-term exercise plays in protecting the heart muscle during a severe heart attack.

His work is funded by a grant from the the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct the study. "In the United States, where we have become very sedentary and our diets have become inappropriate, heart disease is the No. 1 killer," Quindry said. "My ultimate goal is finding ways to protect against heart attack."

Quindry is expanding research he and others conducted during his postdoctoral work at the University of Florida. That research showed that just three consecutive days of moderate exercise protects against the damaging effects of a heart attack for up to two weeks when compared to non-exercised hearts.

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