Exercise and Heart Disease

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This article was edited and updated on December 9, 2021.

How prevalent is heart disease?

Over one-quarter of all deaths are from heart disease. It can also be a major cause of disability.

The risk of the disease increases as you age. A man over 45 and a woman over 55 have the greatest risk. You are also at a greater risk if you have a close family member who had heart disease at an early age.

What does heart disease mean?

“Heart disease” (or cardiac disease) is a very general term and few people know what it means. It is, first and foremost, any disorder that affects the heart. However, it is often confused with cardiovascular disease (which is any disease of the heart or blood vessels).

Here are some of the many types of heart disease:

How can I reduce my chances of getting heart disease?

There are several things a person can do to reduce their chances of getting heart disease:

Will exercise help prevent heart disease or lessen its impact?

The benefits of exercise are well known for many reasons, but is there any evidence that it will specifically help to fight the problems of heart disease?

The answer is a very clear: yes.

The following points come from an article on LiveStrong.com 2:

And from that same article, some research results:

See also:

This article is part of a series about various health conditions and the benefits of exercise. The other articles are:

I am a BCRPA-certified fitness instructor in Vancouver, BC. I teach four classes at the West End Community Centre in Vancouver, BC, mostly designed for the older adult. The Inevitable Disclaimer: Everything published here expresses only my opinion, based on my training and research. What you do with the information is entirely your own responsibility. I am not liable for any injury you suffer that seems to be related to anything you read here. Always consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program. For other articles, return to the table of contents.

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