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Even Moderate Physical Fitness Can Reduce Risk Of Heart Disease

October 24, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Normal physical fitness is usually characterized by a smaller waist, no diabetes or hypertension, and no excess weight or obesity – the chief risk factors for heart disease. But Canadian researchers have determined that lower physical fitness – even as much as 20 percent below the healthy population average – can also serve to prevent those five risk factors. The study involved 205 men and 44 women with heart disease who took a stationary bicycle stress test. The researchers said the easiest way to achieve normal physical fitness is to follow the recommendations of the World Health Organization: 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise.
Maxime Caru et al., "Preventive fraction of physical fitness on risk factors in cardiac patients", Study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress on October 21, 2016, October 24, 2016, © Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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