Brisk Walking Cuts HF Risk Regardless of Activity Level in Women
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 01:00 PM

In a study of close to 40,000 postmenopausal women, those who walked briskly were less likely to develop heart failure within the next 2 decades, after adjustment for relevant variables. Leisure-time exercise was also beneficial, but walking pace trumped that, in this analysis from the Women's Health Study.

Walking pace remained associated with a lower risk of heart failure after correction for physical activity, but the reverse was not true. "If you take two women who are exercising the same amount in their leisure time, and one is walking faster, one slower, the one walking faster would have more benefit." 

The findings would be similar in men, the author speculated. Thus, physicians should advise patients that "the best way to reap the benefits is to walk in a brisk manner," rather than strolling.

Close to one in five women (18%) reported that they did not walk regularly, whereas 32% said that they walked briskly.