Chapter 16. Physical Activity and Exercise in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation

  1. Salim Yusuf1,
  2. John A Cairns2,
  3. A John Camm3,
  4. Ernest L Fallen4 and
  5. Bernard J Gersh5
  1. Erika S Froelicher,
  2. Roberta K Oka and
  3. Gerald F Fletcher

Published Online: 4 OCT 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470986882.ch16

Evidence-based Cardiology, Second Edition

Evidence-based Cardiology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Froelicher, E. S., Oka, R. K. and Fletcher, G. F. (2002) Physical Activity and Exercise in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation, in Evidence-based Cardiology, Second Edition (eds S. Yusuf, J. A. Cairns, A. J. Camm, E. L. Fallen and B. J. Gersh), BMJ Books, London, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470986882.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Research Chair, Senior Scientist of the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Director of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine, McMaster, University, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Canada

  2. 2

    Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  3. 3

    Professor of Clinical Cardiology and Chief, Department of Cardiological Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK

  4. 4

    Professor Emeritus, McMaster University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Hamilton, Canada

  5. 5

    Consultant in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic; Professor of Medicine, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 OCT 2007
  2. Published Print: 20 NOV 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780727916990

Online ISBN: 9780470986882



  • physical activity;
  • cardiovascular disease prevention;
  • exercise tolerance;
  • rehabilitation;
  • strength training


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Evidence for benefits of regular exercise in adults

  • Evidence for benefits from regular exercise in the coronary population

  • Clinical and physiologic outcomes in the coronary population

  • Other clinical population

  • Special populations

  • General safety issues

  • Other organizational and clinical issues