More Exercise to Combat Heart Disease
Study finds no upper limit to benefits.
Consistent moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is widely known to reduce disease risks and enhance longevity. For healthy individuals, however, more exercise does not necessarily lead to additional health benefits once minimum health promotion levels are met. A new study shows that this is not the case for people with heart disease.
The good news for people with cardiovascular conditions is that more benefits can accrue with increasingly higher physical activity levels, as reported in PLOS Medicine (2021; doi:10.371/journal.pmed.1003845). “Physical activity recommendations should not follow a ‘one-guideline-fits-all’ approach but underline the need for precision medicine in which physical activity prescription may be dependent, amongst other factors, on an individual’s cardiovascular health status,” noted study authors.