Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:26

1. A low level of fitness and physical activity is associated with a higher rate of death from coronary artery disease.
2. Regular aerobic exercise with sufficient duration, intensity and frequency can make a difference.
3. Before any aerobic exercise, get clearance from the doctor.
4. Regular aerobic exercise will lower one’s blood pressure, blood cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides and blood sugar but will increase HDL.
5. Exercise will maintain body weight.
6. It should be part of life long management.
7. Although it is not a proven fact that physical activity will decrease the rate of coronary artery disease but it does control all the factors.
8. Diet schedule of low fat, low cholesterol, high fibre diet must be followed.
A periodic evaluation of cardiovascular risk factors notably blood pressure, blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL and family history will depict if the diet and exercise programme is sufficient or one needs more intensive treatment in terms of drugs or procedures.

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