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June 6, 2011

Avoiding Heart Disease By Better Fitness

avoiding heart diseaseAvoiding Heart Disease with Exercise

Avoiding heart disease may be simpler than we have thought. With all the talk about keeping cholesterol low the importance of being physically fit is frequently overlooked when it comes to reducing heart disease. Yet, exercise has direct and indirect affects on many cardiovascular risk factors unlike many medications which target one or two risk factors.

Two studies recently published from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSWMC) highlight that better cardiovascular fitness means better odds of avoiding heart disease.

One study from UTSWMC published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology revealed that low fitness in mid-life is associated with a higher lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease, especially in individuals with other cardiovascular risk factors.

The second study, published in Circulation showed that a single measurement of fitness when added to traditional risk factors significantly improves classification of short-term (10 years) and long-term (25 years) risk of cardiovascular disease.

Both studies involved large numbers of individuals evaluated at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas who were followed for long periods.  Fitness was determined by performance during an exercise treadmill test.

In the study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, which involved 11,049 participants followed for a median 25.3 years found that the lifetime risk for heart disease in those with low fitness compared to those with high fitness was to two to three times higher in the low fitness group at age 45, 55, and 65: at age 45 years, 13.7% versus 3.4%; age 55 years, 34.2% versus 15.3%; age 65 years, 35.6% versus 17.1%.

The Circulation study involved 66,347 individual followed up to 36 years and showed that risk classification improved significantly when fitness was added to the traditional cardiac risk factors such as age, sex, systolic blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, total cholesterol, and smoking.

The findings should not be surprising since exercise and fitness modify many of the traditional cardiac risk factors.  Exercise lowers blood pressure, reduces risk of diabetes, and can improve cholesterol.

Exercise is medicine and we think the best medicine. There are plenty of forms of exercise that will help you avoid heart disease.

So take charge of your life and improve your fitness level and improve your odds of avoiding heart disease.

See related articles.

“10 Exercise Tips for Beginners”

“Exercise for the Ailing Heart”

“The 3 Step Anti Aging Formula to Achieve Better Health”

“Exercises to Lose Weight”



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Dr. Joe Jacko

Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio at Grandview Primary Care. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

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