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Defining the importance of stress reduction in managing cardiovascular disease - the role of exercise

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Djordje JakovljevicORCiD


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© 2022 Elsevier Inc. Traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) have long been the focus of preventive strategies. The impact of family stress, depression, anxiety, hostility, pessimism, job strain, social isolation, lack of purpose in life and social support, are well recognized risks for CVD development, however they are under-appreciated in clinical practice guidelines. The purpose of this article is to review the impact of acute and chronic stress on CVD risk, elaborate repositioning in guidelines, with emphasis to approaches for stress reduction. Regular exercise, both aerobic and resistance, leads to better adaptiveness to other types of stress, however, it remains unknown whether the total amount of stress one can receive before negative health effects is unlimited. Evidently, marked reductions in stress related disorders are shown following formal cardiac rehabilitation programs. Attendance of cardiac rehabilitation is highly recommended for the stress-related mortality risk reduction. Innovative approaches to offset the broad challenges that CVD pose, augmented by sustained exposure to stress, are desperately needed, but hindered by a lack of successful population-level interventions that promote lasting change.

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Author(s): Popovic D, Bjelobrk M, Tesic M, Seman S, Jayasinghe S, Hills AP, Babu AS, Jakovljevic DG, Stoner L, Ozemek C, Bond S, Faghy MA, Pronk NP, Lavie CJ, Arena R

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases

Year: 2022

Volume: 70

Pages: 84-93

Online publication date: 04/02/2022

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0033-0620

ISSN (electronic): 1873-1740

Publisher: W.B. Saunders


DOI: 10.1016/j.pcad.2022.01.008

PubMed id: 35131232