For 65 and Older, Moderate Physical Activity Reduces CVD Risks
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Friday, September 23, 2016 12:00 AM

Individuals who are 65 years old and older can help to reduce their risk of cardiovascular death and heart attack by maintaining or beginning moderate physical activity, according to new research.

If you practice moderate exercise, you’re bracing for reducing heart events by 31% said researchers. The potential reduction is greater than 50% for cardiovascular death.

The researchers classified low physical activity as reading, watching television, or doing housework; moderate physical activity as walking, cycling, or other light exercise; and high physical activity as recreational sports or intense training.

They found that maintaining moderate physical activity reduced the risk of experiencing an acute cardiovascular event by more than 30% and cardiovascular death by more than 50%. Higher physical activity levels led to higher reductions, the researcher said.