Walking 20 minutes a day cuts women’s heart failure risk by 25%
Walking more – not faster – can significantly lower the risk of heart failure in older women, according to the first ever study on the subject.
The study, involving more than 137,000 women aged 50 to 79, confirmed that exercise lowers the overall risk of heart failure by 25 percent.
It was also the first paper to show movement appeared to work just as well as drugs at lowering the risk of two hard-to-treat sub-types of heart failure – one linked to heart attacks and the other with high blood pressure or diabetes.
The researchers said their findings suggest that it’s the amount, not the intensity, of physical activity performed that matters, and to the relief of many, walking is one of the most effective methods.
Heart failure disproportionately affects older adults, with around four out of five cases occurring in people 65 or older, an age group for whom heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization.