Preventing heart failure: The role of physical activity

Matthew Nayor, Ramachandran S. Vasan

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Greater physical activity, less sedentary time, and improved cardiorespiratory fitness are associated with reductions in heart failure risk. Various mechanisms may explain these findings, including: reducing the prevalence of standard and novel cardiovascular risk factors, inhibiting pathologic cardiovascular remodeling, promoting physiologic remodeling, and improving cardiac, neurohormonal, skeletal muscle, pulmonary, renal, and vascular performance. Future research is needed to elucidate the optimal timing, duration, and modality of physical activity and exercise training necessary to prevent the development of heart failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-550
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Cardiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 24 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Exercise
  • Heart failure
  • Physical activity
  • Prevention
  • Remodeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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