Physical inactivity and arterial stiffness in COPD

Post date: Sep 12, 2015 11:39:38 AM

Arterial stiffness is an important predictor of cardiovascular risk besides classic cardiovascular risk factors. Previous studies showed that arterial stiffness is increased in patients with COPD compared to healthy controls and exercise training may reduce arterial stiffness. Since physical inactivity is frequently observed in patients with COPD and exercise training may improve arterial stiffness, the authors hypothesized that low daily physical activity may be associated with increased arterial stiffness.

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