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Psychosocial stress and cardiovascular disease risk: the role of physical activity

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Chronic stress and depression are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and poorer prognosis, and physical (in)activity may be a key underlying biobehavioral mechanism. Physical activity has antidepressant effects and physically fitter, more active individuals appear to be more biologically resilient to psychosocial stressors. This paper will present data from a series of population cohort studies and laboratory based psychophysiological studies to explore the role of physical activity as a protective factor against the effects of psychosocial stress on cardiovascular disease. These mechanisms may improve treatment and prevention of stress-related illnesses, and thus has important implications for public health and clinical care of high-risk patients.

Funding

The research presented in this article was made possible by funding from the British Heart Foundation.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Psychosomatic Medicine

Citation

HAMER, M., 2012. Psychosocial stress and cardiovascular disease risk: the role of physical activity. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74(9), pp. 896-903.

Publisher

(C) American Psychosomatic Society. Published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Publication date

2012

Notes

This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in: HAMER, M., 2012. Psychosocial stress and cardiovascular disease risk: the role of physical activity. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74(9), pp. 896-903.

ISSN

1534-7796

Language

en

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