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Cardiovascular benefits of physical activity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1916618     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Animal studies have consistently shown increased heart strength, size, and vascularity in wild animals compared to domestic animals. While exercise has not been shown to decrease atherosclerosis in either animals or humans, it has been theorized that exercise makes the heart more resistant to ischemia through stimulation of collateral vessel formation and enlargement of already existent coronary arteries. In humans, the benefits and dangers of exercise have been researched with morphological, hemodynamic, and epidemiological studies. Many of these are discussed here as well as the national fitness recommendations made by various health organizations. A summary of the cardiovascular benefits of exercise as supported by the literature is then presented.
C K Morris; V F Froelicher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Herz     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0340-9937     ISO Abbreviation:  Herz     Publication Date:  1991 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-11-21     Completed Date:  1991-11-21     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801231     Medline TA:  Herz     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  222-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cardiology Section, Long Beach VA Medical Center, California.
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MeSH Terms
Arteriosclerosis / physiopathology
Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena*
Collateral Circulation
Coronary Circulation
Epidemiologic Methods
Exercise Test
Physical Fitness
Prospective Studies
Risk Factors

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