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Exercise Programming for Cardiovascular Disease

Astorino, Todd A. PhD1; Schubert, Matt M. MA1,2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 5 - p 60–64
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31825ab1aa
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SUMMARY CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE REMAINS THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF ADULTS WORLDWIDE. REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL FUNCTION AND REDUCE MORTALITY IN CARDIAC PATIENTS. THE MOST COMMON MODALITY PRESCRIBED IS AEROBIC TRAINING, ALTHOUGH MORE RECENTLY RESISTANCE TRAINING AND INTERVAL TRAINING HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED. THESE MODALITIES ENHANCE CARDIAC FUNCTION, MAXIMAL OXYGEN UPTAKE (V[Combining Dot Above]O2MAX), AND OVERALL TOLERANCE TO EXERCISE AND IMPROVE HEALTH STATUS.

1Department of Kinesiology, California State University, San Marcos, California

2School of Public Health, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia

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Todd A. Astorino is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University.

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Matt M. Schubert is a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Health at Griffith University.

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