Source: Abstract #THU-184 An assessment of physical activity levels and cardiorespiratory fitness in individuals living with hepatitis C—A.M. Monaghan, et al.
Study Aims & Results: Chronic hepatitis C is associated with increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Physical inactivity and poor aerobic fitness are also well-known predictors of heart disease. This study assessed physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness in 94 individuals living with chronic hepatitis C. Most of the participants had poor aerobic capacity and were not adequately physically active.
Conclusion: These results suggest that low levels of physical activity and aerobic capacity are factors that may need to be addressed when profiling the cardiovascular risk associated with chronic hepatitis C.
Editorial Comments: This is a proverbial chicken/egg problem. Hepatitis C causes fatigue, inflammation and body aches, making it difficult to be physically active. On the other hand, being physically active helps to reduce fatigue, inflammation and body aches. Studies show us that successful hepatitis C treatment leads to improved quality of life. (See May Healthwise: Abstract # 215 Risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events in hepatitis C patients following completion of direct-acting antiviral therapy—A.W. Singer, et al. and PS-032 HCV eradication reduces the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events in hepatitis C cirrhotic patients—P. Cacoub, et al)
Hepatitis C is a monumental health threat, and we need to eliminate it. Universal access to hepatitis C treatment is a right; it’s time to make this a reality.
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