Dr. Steven Reisman was an invited speaker at the F.B.I in Manhattan on June 30, 2010 to discuss
heart attack prevention. As part of this lecture he discussed the advantages of exercise in the
relationship to general health and in particular, in the prevention of cardiac disease. One of the
references Dr. Reisman used was an article in the Wall Street Journal from January 5, 2010
entitled “The Hidden Benefits of Exercise”.
The article described how moderate exercise can be extremely successful in the prevention
of disease in general. This includes bolstering the body’s immune system, improving the
body’s response to influenza vaccine, and making the individual less prone to viral infections.
Dr. Reisman discussed the advantage of regular exercise including something as simple as a
thirty to forty-five minute brisk walk daily five times a week which has been shown to have a
positive effect. The article described how individuals who undergo this type of program can
reduce the number of sick days up to 50% compared to sedentary subjects. Inactivity can pose
a significant risk to one’s health contributing to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer,
depression, arthritis, and osteoporosis. In relation to heart disease, studies have shown that
exercise can lower blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol, and decrease the incidence of diabetes.
There are guidelines developed by the Department of Health and Human Services and available at
www.health.gov/paguidelines. A survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine
and American Medical Association found that only four out of ten doctors talk to their patients
about the importance of exercise. Dr. Reisman, a Manhattan Cardiologist stated that at the New
York Cardiac Diagnostic Center diet and exercise in the prevention of heart disease are important
features of all patient interaction. Muscle strengthening activities two or more days a week are
also suggested along with aerobic exercise.
Early detection of high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and diabetes can be easily determined
on a simple office visit with a basic blood test along with a basic history and physical examination.