Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease

C. Tissa Kappagoda, Ezra A Amsterdam

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The physiological and clinical benefits of exercise are numerous and have been documented in healthy persons and those with cardiovascular disease. This chapter reviews the mechanisms by which exercise induces these improvements. Functional capacity is enhanced, an alteration that is particularly useful in those in whom cardiovascular disease has limited the ability to carry out the activities of daily living, as well as to engage in certain occupational and recreational activities. Physical exercise is increasingly viewed as an integral part of the long-term management of a variety of non-communicable diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension, which are precursors for the development of overt cardiovascular diseases. Unfortunately, optimal levels of physical exercise have not been adopted by the US population, a phenomenon that is viewed as a contributing factor to the growing epidemic of obesity and its related diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance: Muscle Building, Endurance, and Strength
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780123964540
StatePublished - Aug 2013


  • Benefits of exercise
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Exercise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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