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Everything you always wanted to know about exercise and heart disease!

Comment by Paul Dendale, EACPR Secretary


More than 40 members of the EACPR joined efforts under the leadership of Prof L Vanhees to produce an “encyclopedia” of physical activity in the general population (Part I), individuals with cardiovascular risk factors (Part II) and in patients with cardiovascular disease (Part III).
The aim is to define the characteristics of exercise (frequency, duration, intensity, etc) that are most likely to have a positive effect on the risk of cardiovascular disease.
In the population at large, there is a clear dose-response curve on cardiovascular outcome. The individuals with risk factors will benefit from a reduction in blood pressure, weight, and metabolic risk factors.
In patients with established heart disease, the program of exercise needs to be tailored to the individual patient, with the aim to reach the highest level of physical fitness that can be obtained, by combining aerobic and resistance exercises.

Everything you always wanted to know about exercise and heart disease can be found in this series of articles…