• Physical activity awareness and preferences in rheumatic diseases: a qualitative study

      Vitalis, P; Kouvelas, D; Kousouri, N; Lahart, I; Koutedakis, Y; Kitas, G; Metsios, G (BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and European League Against Rheumatism, 2018-06-12)
      Background: Physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death (1) and a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Patients with rheumatic diseases (RDs), especially rheumatoid arthritis (RA), report low cardiorespiratory fitness levels (2), placing them at an increased risk of premature mortality and CVD.