, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 13-25
Date: 28 Dec 2013

Physical activity and cardiovascular health in the elderly

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Abstract

People over the age of 65 constitute a growing proportion of the world population both in western and in developing countries. A unique feature of this group is the high prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, which negatively affect its quality of life as well as its life expectancy. Among the interventions able to reduce the health burden of cardiovascular diseases is physical activity. The benefits of physical activity have been demonstrated both in healthy and chronically ill elderly subjects, while the risks have been found to be modest. Physicians should recommend moderate-intensity physical activity to sedentary older subjects, who are still the majority within the elderly population.