The NHS says: “The exact cause of CVD isn’t clear, but there are lots of things that can increase your risk of getting it. These are called “risk factors”. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chances of developing CVD.
It adds: “High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the most important risk factors for CVD. If your blood pressure is too high, it can damage your blood vessels.”
The NHS says if you don’t exercise regularly, it’s more likely that you’ll have high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and be overweight and all of these are risk factors for CVD.
It states: “Exercising regularly will help keep your heart healthy. When combined with a healthy diet, exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight.”