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If your genes put you at risk of heart disease, exercise might be able to help

And every little bit counts.
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Both aerobic exercise and strength training are good for cardiovascular health.

We’ve all been told that is really good for us. Health professionals and fitness enthusiasts preach the benefits that physical activity has on one’s well-being, particularly their cardiovascular health. And we have some solid scientific evidence to back that up. But while we know exercise is good for heart health, we know less about how specific subsets of the population—particularly those at higher than average risk for cardiovascular disease—can benefit from the practice. Regular endurance exercise is thought to help protect folks who carry genes that put them at risk for heart trouble, but just how

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