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Heart & Vascular Program

Heart Health

Risk Factors: Sedentary Lifestyle

Like any other muscle in the body, your heart needs regular exercise to keep it strong. Although exercise should be an important part of everyone's lifestyle, it is even more important for people living with heart disease. Exercise not only helps fight heart disease by improving all the risk factors, but for sedentary people adding exercise to your daily routine reduces the risk of high blood pressure, osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, depression, anxiety and stress.

Lack of exercise is now considered to be one of the major risk factors for heart disease, along with smoking, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. The good news is that inactivity is a risk factor that can be easily modified through regular exercise.