Physical Activity Exerts Many Heart-Healthy Benefits

February 22, 1999

DALLAS -- Physical activity does more than tone up the heart and reduce the risk of heart attacks. Moderate physical activity -- aerobic as well as pumping iron -- fortifies various segments of the cardiovascular system. In an article appearing in today?s Circulation, Journal of the American Heart Association, Roy J. Shephard, M.D., of the University of Toronto and Gary J. Balady, of Boston University Medical Center, say regular, moderate intensive activity reduces the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke. The effects, however, are broader than many think. An analysis of almost 100 studies has shown:
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NR 99-1015 (Circ/Shephard)
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