Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 329–341

Exercise as a Treatment for the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

  • Bilal Aijaz
  • Todd M. Brown
  • Bonnie K. Sanderson
  • Vera Bittner
Prevention

DOI: 10.1007/s11936-010-0078-5

Cite this article as:
Aijaz, B., Brown, T.M., Sanderson, B.K. et al. Curr Treat Options Cardio Med (2010) 12: 329. doi:10.1007/s11936-010-0078-5

Opinion statement

Regular physical activity decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and modifies multiple cardiovascular risk factors. The optimum amount of exercise continues to generate debate; however, the general recommendation is that all adults should engage in 30 min of moderate-intensity physical activity on five, and preferably all, days of the week. Despite extensive data and recommendations, a significant proportion of the US adult population remains sedentary. Promoting physical activity at a public level remains a major challenge because of the presence of multiple behavioral, physical, and environmental barriers. Health care providers have an opportunity and a responsibility to include exercise counseling in routine office visits.

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bilal Aijaz
    • 1
  • Todd M. Brown
    • 1
  • Bonnie K. Sanderson
    • 1
  • Vera Bittner
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Department of MedicineUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA