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January 9, 2013

Physical Activity and Structured Exercise for Patients With Stable Ischemic Heart Disease

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Samuel Stratton VA Medical Center and Albany Medical College, Albany, New York (Dr Boden); Department of Preventive Cardiology/Rehabilitation, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Rochester, Michigan (Dr Franklin); Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia (Dr Wenger).

JAMA. 2013;309(2):143-144. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.128367

Exercise was recently described as “a miracle drug” that can benefit every part of the body and substantially extend lifespan.”1 The authors suggested that the cardioprotective and systemic health benefits of regular exercise are underestimated by many clinicians, who often fail to emphasize the importance of regular physical activity, as well as the harms of physical inactivity, even though they routinely counsel patients about other modifiable cardiovascular risk factors, such as cigarette smoking, elevated cholesterol levels, and hypertension.

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