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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31829a6ab7
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Cardiovascular Disease: Societal Trends and the Role of the Exercise Professional

Weiler, Andrew A. MEd1,2; Alvar, Brent A. PhD3

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ABSTRACT: AS A RESULT OF THE POPULATION EXPLOSION (TERMED THE BABY BOOM), THERE IS A PROGRESSIVE AGING OF THE AMERICAN POPULACE AND AS SUCH ADDITIONAL NEED FOR ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS WITH THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES TO WORK WITH SPECIAL POPULATIONS. ONE OF THE LARGEST CATEGORIES OF CHRONIC DISEASES THAT ARE RELATED TO AGING AND LIFESTYLE CHOICES ARE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES (CVDs). CVDs ARE THE PRIMARY KILLER OF AMERICANS. WITH PROPER TRAINING, EXERCISE PROFESSIONALS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO HELP PREVENT OR REDUCE MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY AND INFLUENCE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIETY AT LARGE. A NOTE OF IMPORTANCE, EXERCISE PROFESSIONALS MUST WORK COOPERATIVELY WITH PHYSICIANS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, AND WITHIN THEIR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION'S SCOPE OF PRACTICE, TO OPTIMIZE EXERCISE EFFICACY AND SAFETY. ADDITIONALLY, ANY CHANGE IN A CLIENT'S SYMPTOMOLOGY WARRANTS REFERRAL BACK TO THE PHYSICIAN.

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