For middle-aged female patients, even a few bouts of moderate exercise each week can cut the risk of coronary heart disease, venous thrombosis, and stroke and exercising more frequently or strenuously may not provide greater reductions in cardiovascular risk, according to researchers.
Even a few bouts of moderate exercise each week can cut a middle-aged woman's odds for heart disease, blood clots and stroke, a new study finds.
The British study also found that exercising more frequently didn't lead to greater reductions in heart risk.
The take-home message, according to study lead author Miranda Armstrong: “To prevent heart disease, stroke and blood clots, women don't have to be super athletes or strenuously exercise daily to experience the benefits of physical activity.”
In the study, Armstrong's team tracked the health of more than 1.1 million British women who had no history of heart disease, stroke, blood clots, diabetes or cancer. The women averaged 56 years of age when they joined the study between 1996 and 2001.
Moderate exercise was defined as being active enough to cause sweating or increased heart rate, and included walking, gardening and cycling.
Based on the findings, its clear that “inactive middle-aged women should …
Over an average follow-up time of nine years, female participants who did moderate exercise two or three times a week had a 20% lower risk of CHD, stroke, or VTE compared with those who did little or no exercise. Moderate exercise was defined as being active enough to cause sweating or increased heart rate, and included walking, gardening, and cycling.
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