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Exercise as cardiovascular medicine


Garrahy, E and Davison, K and Hardcastle, S and O'Brien, J and Pedersen, S and Williams, A and Radford, J, Exercise as cardiovascular medicine, Australian Journal of General Practice, 49, (8) pp. 483-487. ISSN 2208-794X (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2020 The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

DOI: doi:10.31128/AJGP-03-20-5294


Background: Physical inactivity is a major modifiable contributor to the global burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) morbidity and mortality.

Objective: In this article, a clinical case study is used to provide practical approaches for general practitioners and their teams to individualise exercise prescriptions for patients with hypertension who are at risk of CVD. The case presented describes a sedentary, overweight male with newly diagnosed hypertension – a common scenario in general practice.

Discussion: The many benefits of exercise are supported by an expanding body of research. Blood pressure can be safely and effectively reduced through physical activity, leading to a lower CVD risk. Value-based goal setting and the ‘FITT’ framework may be used to facilitate sustainable physical activity among patients. The engagement of allied health professionals such as exercise physiologists may also be beneficial.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cardiovascular disease, preventive health care, general practice, accredited exercise physiologist, general practitioner, hypertension
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Garrahy, E (Dr Edward Garrahy)
UTAS Author:Hardcastle, S (Dr Sibella Hardcastle)
UTAS Author:O'Brien, J (Dr Jane O'Brien)
UTAS Author:Pedersen, S (Dr Scott Pedersen)
UTAS Author:Williams, A (Associate Professor Andrew Williams)
UTAS Author:Radford, J (Associate Professor Jan Radford)
ID Code:140232
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2020-08-03
Last Modified:2021-04-16

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