Daily Exercise May Halve Risk for Heart Failure
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:34 PM

Daily exercise may significantly reduce the risk of heart failure, according to new research. Heart failure, a common, disabling condition in older adults, was nearly half as likely in those who got an hour of moderate exercise or a half hour of vigorous exercise every day, researchers in Sweden found.  "The study shows that high levels of physical activity are associated with considerably lower risk of heart failure," said study researcher.

Physical activity is known to lower the risk of developing high blood pressure, for instance, which is a risk factor for heart failure.  Exercise also lowers the odds of developing obesity and diabetes, which boost the risk of heart failure, he said. Even after adjusting for those risk factors in the study, he said, physical activity still lowered the risk of heart failure.

"Exercise and cardiac rehabilitation programs are recommended in national guidelines for the treatment of heart failure," he added.  The bottom line? "If preventing heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and premature cardiovascular death were not enough this study provides an additional rationale for all adults to engage in regular physical activity."

Source:  http://consumer.healthday.com/fitness-information-14/misc-health-news-265/daily-exercise-may-halve-risk-for-heart-failure-study-findsdy-691241.html