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Effect of diagnosis of heart disease on physical activity behaviour of middle-aged women.


Physical activity has many health benefits for healthy adults, but also for patients with heart disease, because it reduces the risk for another heart attack or other chronic diseases. However, after being diagnosed with heart disease, physical activity behaviour may change. Some patients may decrease their physical activity, whereas other may increase it or may remain at the same level. Which factors are associated with this change remains unclear. With this study we want to examine the changes in physical activity after being diagnosed with a heart disease in middle-aged women (47-64 years) and identify determinants associated with this change.