Frances M Wise
Cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke kill more people than any other disease. In Australia, CHD accounts for 17% of all deaths.1
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in developed nations, and there is
a clear link between cardiovascular disease and physical inactivity.
This article describes the benefits of exercise for cardiac patients, details how exercise
is prescribed in this group, and considers safety and contraindications to exercise in
The benefits of exercise, both aerobic and resistance training, in patients with coronary
heart disease are well documented. Both modalities are important components of
cardiac rehabilitation and can contribute to secondary prevention of heart disease with
corresponding improvements in patient survival.
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