Prevention of cardiovascular disease: why do we neglect the most potent intervention?

Source: Heart Online First, 5 November 2009

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Date of publication: November, 2009

Publication type: Commentary

In a nutshell: Despite all the evidence of the cardiovascular benefits of exercise, physical activity has not been a serious prescription option for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Health services increasingly focus on pharmacological prevention without proper consideration of the long-term consequences of medication. The value of physical activity may need to be evaluated using different criteria to those applied in pharmacological trials. The health benefits of prescribing physical activity support its use as the standard option in preventive health care.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Acknowledgement: Heart and Education in Heart


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