Leisure-Time Physical Activity Reduces Total and Cardiovascular Mortality and Cardiovascular Disease Incidence in Older Adults

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume 65, Issue 3 March 2017 Pages 504–510

Noël C. Barengo PhD, Riitta Antikainen PhD,

Katja Borodulin PhD, Kennet Harald MSc, Pekka Jousilahti PhD


ObjectivesTo determine whether leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) is independently associated with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality and with incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke in older adults.

DesignPopulation-based cohort study (median follow-up 11.8 years).

SettingCommunity, five Finnish provinces.

ParticipantsMen and women aged 65 to 74 who participated in a baseline risk factor survey between 1997 and 2007 in Finland (N = 2,456).


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