ACC Sports Council Encourages Exercise For Heart Health

Even small amounts of physical activity are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, but more exercise may lead to an even greater reduction in the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, according to a clinical perspective from the ACC Sports and Exercise Cardiology Leadership Council published Jan. 18 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The Council examined recent research on the volume and intensity of aerobic exercise required for favorable cardiovascular health and found that moderate and vigorous intensity exercise in amounts lower than the 2008 Physical Activity Guideline recommendations still significantly lower mortality risk. They also found that there is no evidence for an upper limit to exercise-induced health benefits and that all amounts of both moderate and vigorous intensity exercise result in a reduction of both all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality compared to physical inactivity. Read more on