Lifestyle intervention for the prevention of cardiovascular disease

M R Fokkema, F A J Muskiet, J J van Doormaal

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Abstract

The high cardiovascular disease prevalence in western countries is largely attributable to the contemporary lifestyle. Interventions in the area of nutrition and physical activity have been shown to be effective in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Successful implementation of lifestyle intervention programmes may be just as effective as drug treatment. In combination with drug treatment, intervention in the area of nutrition and physical activity is the recommended treatment for patients at a high risk of cardiovascular disease. Addition of new drugs to those presently available is associated with low absolute risk reductions and high costs, particularly in the presence of successful lifestyle interventions.

Translated title of the contributionLifestyle intervention for the prevention of cardiovascular disease
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)2607-2612
Number of pages6
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume149
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 19-Nov-2005

Keywords

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Risk Factors

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