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Exercise is a very effective way to reduce risk factors
coronary artery disease (CAD) and
high cholesterol. Regular exercise:
Added benefits of regular exercise include:
To get and stay healthy, do activity at a level that is right for you—moderate or vigorous. Try to do:
To lower risk, each exercise session should be longer than 10 minutes. Try to do aerobic activity for an average of 40 minutes. Try to do this at least 3 or 4 times a week.footnote 1
Customize your exercise program
according to your fitness level, the health of your heart, and your personal
preferences. Aerobic exercise (brisk walking, jogging, swimming, bicycling,) is
Some people, especially those who have a history of CAD,
should discuss their exercise plans with their doctors before starting a
vigorous fitness program.
Eckel RH, et al. (2013). 2013 AHA/ACC guideline on lifestyle management to reduce cardiovascular risk: A report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Circulation. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2013/11/11/01.cir.0000437740.48606.d1.citation. Accessed December 5, 2013.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRobert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - CardiologyRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology & Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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