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Water-based exercise for coronary heart disease

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Exercise training has become an important component of the management of people with coronary heart disease (CHD). Despite the established benefits of exercise in people with CHD, many patients – especially those with arthritis or obesity – do not undertake sufficient physical activity to meet guidelines. Low-impact exercise strategies may be beneficial for many people with CHD. 

This supports the expansion of exercise prescription options for people with stable CHD to include water-based exercise, which may be useful for adding a low joint-impact exercise option to facilitate exercise engagement.

> From: Scheer, J Physiother 67 (2021) 284-290 . All rights reserved to Australian Physiotherapy Association. Click here for the online summary.

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