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Heart Association Says Physical Activity Should Be As Routinely Checked As Blood Pressure

October 14, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
In a scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association, physicians and health scientists – who say a lack of physical activity is as damaging to health as smoking – recommend that healthcare providers routinely assess physical activity levels in patients, now that effective tools –  like a new “decision matrix” – are available to evaluate patients. The matrix includes low-cost or no-cost options, like questionnaires that patients complete before a doctor appointment. The exercise check-up should cover types, frequency, duration and intensity of physical activity at home, work and during leisure time.
S. J. Strath et al., "Guide to the Assessment of Physical Activity: Clinical and Research Applications", Circulation, October 14, 2013, © American Heart Association, Inc.
Fitness & Exercise
Heart & Cardiovascular
Preventative Care
North America
United States of America
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