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Exercise as cardiovascular medicine

Garrahy, E, Davison, K, Hardcastle, S ORCID: 0000-0003-3868-8499, O'Brien, J ORCID: 0000-0002-6504-8422, Pedersen, S ORCID: 0000-0002-8566-7693, Williams, A ORCID: 0000-0001-8863-3491 and Radford, J ORCID: 0000-0002-5751-0488 2020 , 'Exercise as cardiovascular medicine' , Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 49, no. 8 , pp. 483-487 , doi: 10.31128/AJGP-03-20-5294.

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Background:Physical inactivity is a major modifiablecontributor to the global burden ofcardiovascular disease (CVD) morbidityand mortality.Objective:In this article, a clinical case study isused to provide practical approaches forgeneral practitioners and their teams toindividualise exercise prescriptions forpatients with hypertension who are atrisk of CVD. The case presenteddescribes a sedentary, overweight malewith newly diagnosed hypertension –a common scenario in general practice.Discussion:The many benefits of exercise aresupported by an expanding body ofresearch. Blood pressure can be safelyand effectively reduced through physicalactivity, leading to a lower CVD risk.Value-based goal setting and the ‘FITT’framework may be used to facilitatesustainable physical activity amongpatients. The engagement of alliedhealth professionals such as exercisephysiologists may also be beneficial.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Garrahy, E and Davison, K and Hardcastle, S and O'Brien, J and Pedersen, S and Williams, A and Radford, J
Keywords: cardiovascular disease, preventive health care, general practice, accredited exercise physiologist, general practitioner, hypertension
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of General Practice
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
ISSN: 2208-794X
DOI / ID Number: 10.31128/AJGP-03-20-5294
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