A new series in the Journal of American Cardiology is shining a light on the importance of exercise when it comes to preventing and managing heart disease.
Coordinated by Professor Jason Kovacic from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, first seminar of four has focussed on the ways in which long-term aerobic exercises changes the heart.
“Exercise doesn’t only change your physical appearance; it also impacts and changes virtually every aspect of our cardiovascular system,” says Professor Kovacic.
“It’s vital that cardiologists and the wider population understand just how important exercise is to our heart health and how much we should be doing if we want to live long and healthy lives.”
The researchers say that exercise can increase the levels of good cholesterol in the body, as all we improve glucose control and blood pressure levels.
“Even a small increase in aerobic fitness can reduce the chance of developing heart disease and dying prematurely.”