Heart Beat: April 2012

If your physicians are pushing you to get more exercise, theyre not alone. In the past decade, the percentage of doctors advising their patients to become more physically active has grown considerably. Researchers determined that in 2000, about 22 percent of U.S. doctors advised their patients to exercise more. By 2010, that number rose to more than 34 percent. The percentages went up across the board, regardless of the patients condition, but in cardiovascular care, for example, the starting percentage was already higher than for other medical concerns. In 2000, about 34 percent of doctors advised patients with high blood pressure to exercise more, with that number climbing to more than 44 percent in 2010.
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