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Physical activity reduces cardiovascular disease risk in older adults
  1. Simon Endes
  1. Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Simon Endes, Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, Division of Sports and Exercise Medicine, University of Basel, Birsstrasse 320B, Basel 4052, Switzerland; simon.endes{at}

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Currently, at least 150 min per week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is recommended for adults of all ages to beneficially influence individual and population health and cardiovascular mortality.1 Adhering to current physical activity guidelines has been shown to be associated with a 20% lower mortality risk compared to physically inactive persons.2 A physically active lifestyle is linked with decreased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD events, such as myocardial infarction or stroke, at all ages, and in some improvements in atherosclerotic processes and stiffening of the arteries.3–6 Walking is a low-risk activity and …

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