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Walking/Bicycling 20 Minutes A Day Is Optimum For Reducing Heart Failure Risk

August 18, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Swedish researchers who analyzed the impact of different types and durations of physical activity on men in their sixties found that those who walked or bicycled at least 20 minutes a day were much less likely to suffer from heart failure than men who exercised less or more. In addition, if they were diagnosed with heart failure, the diagnosis came an average of eight months later in life. The study followed 33,012 men from 1998 until 2012. Those who reported the lowest and highest levels of physical activity had a higher risk of heart failure, 47 percent and 51 percent respectively, than men with a moderate level. Walking or bicycling 20 minutes a day was associated with a 21 percent lower risk of heart failure.
Iffat Rahman et al., "Physical Activity and Heart Failure Risk in a Prospective Study of Men. ", JACC: Heart Failure, August 18, 2015, © Elsevier B.V.
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