01:41am Wednesday 22 November 2017

Keep active throughout life for healthy heart

Researchers identified a change in mid-life fitness was associated with heart failure risk. Their results showed individuals who increased their fitness levels in middle age had a lower rate of heart failure hospitalisation compared to individuals with persistently low fitness levels in middle age.

Everyone should aim for at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week

Amy Thompson, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “It’s important to keep in shape at every stage of your life – not just middle age – because keeping fit and physically active can substantially reduce your risk of heart disease.

“Everyone should aim for at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week, getting their heart rate up, breathing harder and feeling warmer. There are plenty of activities you can build into your daily routine straight away and even small changes like taking the stairs instead of the lift all count.”

The research was presented at the Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2013 Scientific Sessions.

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