ARTICLE: Comparison of Dietary and Exercise Recommendations on Both Sides of the Atlantic
JOURNAL: J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020 Aug 24.
Though pharmaceutical approaches for treating atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) have experienced rapid growth, rightfully garnering a great deal of attention and publicity, lifestyle intervention remains the primary component of any cardiovascular wellness strategy. While what constitutes a "lifestyle intervention" can vary widely, the key tenets of any strategy rest on regular physical activity and healthy nutritional choices.1,2 While cardiovascular guidelines around the world are largely similar in many of their recommendations on physical activity and nutrition, there are also key differences and areas of variation.3 The aim of this piece is to highlight common features for clinical practice, as well as key differences for further consideration between the major United States (US) and European cardiovascular prevention guidelines on physical activity and nutrition.
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