Effects of Exercise Training in the Elderly on the Occurrence and Time to Onset of Cardiovascular Diagnoses

Joel D. Posner, Kevin M. Gorman, Laura N. Gitlin, Laura Prouty Sands, Mortan Kleban, Lisa Windsor, Carl Shaw

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Abstract

To examine the long‐term effects of aerobic exercise on the occurrence and time to onset of cardiovascular diagnoses, 184 initially healthy older subjects were randomized into either a long‐term exercise group (Group A, n = 80), a short‐term exercise group (Group B, n = 42), or a contact control group (Group C, n = 62). After completion of two years in the study, data on new cardiovascular diagnoses and time to onset of these diagnoses in each of the three groups were compared. The occurrence rates for new onset diagnoses were as follows: Group A, 2.5%; Group B, 2%; and Group C, 13%; the average time to onset was greatest for the long‐term exercisers and shortest for the contact control group (P ≤ .02). The results suggest that a regular program of exercise may have cardiovascular benefits for those over 60 years of age. 1990 The American Geriatrics Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-210
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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