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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention - American Family Physician

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States.1 From 2008 to 2010, CVD accounted for 272,668 deaths annually in persons younger than 80 years. Nearly one-third of deaths from CVD are considered potentially preventable.1 The American Heart Association (AHA) has published recommendations defining ideal cardiovascular health. Recommendations for physical activity in adults are at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week.2  Ideal cardiovascular health also includes adhering to at least four of five components of a diet consistent with the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan (Table 1).2


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