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Coronary Heart Disease EpidemiologyFrom aetiology to public health$
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Michael Marmot and Paul Elliott

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525738.001.0001

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Exercise versus heart attack

Exercise versus heart attack

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(p.275) Chapter 19 Exercise versus heart attack
Coronary Heart Disease Epidemiology

J. N. Morris

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews evidence on the link between physical activity and the prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD). Studies show that adequate aerobic exercise in leisure time, which is habitual and ongoing, and the training and improved cardiorespiratory fitness and performance this produces, confer substantial protection against the occurrence of CHD in middle-aged and elderly men. The total death rate is also lowered. This is the case whatever the risk status of the men with respect to other factors. Recommendations for public health practice are presented.

Keywords:   physical activity, cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, prevention, public health, middle-aged men, heart protection

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