The researchers, led by Dr Frederick Ho of the University of Glasgow, who published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, analyzed data on 94,739 adults aged 37-73 (mean age 56 years) in depth six years, who had no history of heart failure at the start of the study.
Heart failure is a chronic progressive condition that occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen, resulting in fatigue and shortness of breath.
The study found that those who did 150-300 minutes of moderate physical activity per week had a 63% lower risk of heart failure, while those who did 75-150 minutes of vigorous exercise had a 66% lower risk, compared to those who did little to no exercise. People with various risk factors for heart failure, such as obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, sugar, etc., have the greatest benefit from exercise.
“Physical activity helps reduce body weight and prevent cardiometabolic diseases, such as hypertension and type 2 diabetes, which are risk factors for heart failure. “Regular physical exercise can also strengthen the myocardium, which in turn can prevent the onset of heart failure,” said Dr. Ho.
The findings are consistent with previous research that 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75-150 minutes of vigorous exercise each week can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
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