Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 13–25

Physical activity and cardiovascular health in the elderly

  • A. Cherubini
  • D. T. Lowenthal
  • L. S. Williams
  • D. Maggio
  • P. Mecocci
  • U. Senin
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF03339629

Cite this article as:
Cherubini, A., Lowenthal, D.T., Williams, L.S. et al. Aging Clin Exp Res (1998) 10: 13. doi:10.1007/BF03339629

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.

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© Springer Internal Publishing Switzerland 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Cherubini
    • 1
  • D. T. Lowenthal
    • 2
  • L. S. Williams
    • 3
  • D. Maggio
    • 1
  • P. Mecocci
    • 1
  • U. Senin
    • 1
  1. 1.Gerontology and Geriatrics, Department of Clinical Medicine, Pharmacology and PathologyUniversity of PerugiaPerugiaItaly
  2. 2.VA Medical CenterUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  4. 4.Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Department of Clinical Medicine, Pharmacology and PathologyUniversity of PerugiaPerugiaItaly