Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Disease


Survival of the Fittest

“…in the last 15 years, many epidemiological studies have shown an unequivocal and robust relationship of fitness, physical activity, and exercise to reduce overall and CVD mortality.”

Coronary Heart Disease and Physical Activity of Work Morris JN, et al. Lancet 1953:2:1053-1120

Approximately 50% lower risk of CHD in those with physically demanding (i.e. mail carriers) vs those with sedentary occupations (i.e. desk clerks).

Physical Activity and the Incidence of Coronary Heart Disease

  • 121 studies reviewed; 43 were included.
  • The relationship between sedentary lifestyle and increase risk of CHD is likely to be causal.

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