Exercise & cardiovascular health: How much you need, benefit and harm

Al Wosail Ballroom

Sunday, November 12, 2023

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


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Exercise is associated with numerous health benefits and is a cost-effective strategy to alleviate the burden of a big spectrum of chronic diseases including reduction on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The current guidelines recommend that adults individuals exercise at least 150 min of moderate exercise or 75 min of vigorous exercise per week, or a combination or both with greater benefits if duration of exercise is extended beyond these limits. Nevertheless, the dose-response of exercise-benefit may not be always lineal. Over the last decade there has been studies reporting attenuated mortality benefit amongst individuals who perform the highest volume of exercise. Increased prevalence of atrial fibrillation, higher coronary artery calcium scores and calcified coronary plaque burden and abnormal right ventricle remodeling with ventricular arrhythmias on those athletes seem to be superior to healthy controls, raising speculation that lifelong extremely intense exercise may not be the most beneficial exercise for the health.