It is widely believed, in the Western world at least, that exercise is of benefit in preventing cardiovascular disease in later life. This belief is based mainly on research into the role of exercise in preventing ischaemic heart disease and there has been very little research with regard to peripheral vascular disease. The reasons for this are fairly obvious, namely ischaemic heart disease is more dramatic, life threatening, and often presents at a relatively early age. It is more prevalent, posing a bigger threat to community health, and, being more prevalent, is easier to study.
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