Regular Walking Lower the Risk of Heart Failure
Researchers reveal that risk of heart failure can be reduced by regular walking, according to a study conducted on March 1, 2018.
Heart failure is diagnosed in 6.5 million adults across the world. Women between the ages of 75 to 84 years are more likely to have heart failure when compared to women between the ages of 65 to 74 years. With rise in age, risk of heart failure also increases. According to the researchers, walking is an exercise which has equal benefits like any other exercise that reduces the risk of heart failure.
No equipment is required for walking and it can be done at any time. People who are hesitant to join the gym can make the most out of walking. Walking behavior of 89,000 women were analyzed for over 10 years and the benefits of walking have been studied for the first time. Also, it is the first study that focuses on the heart failure risk in women over 50 years old.
Data from the Women’s Health Initiative was used for the analysis. Based on frequency, duration and speed, walking behavior of women were categorized and their overall energy expenditure was also assessed. All the factors contribute equally to the overall benefit of walking. Women who did brisk walking were found to have a lower heart failure risk compared to those who walked at a normal speed.
Somwail Rasla, a cardiology fellow said, “We actually looked at women with four different categories of body mass index (BMI) and found the same inverse relationship between walking behavior and the risk of heart failure.”
Various risk factors of heart disease such as smoking and alcohol use were considered in this study. Therefore, brisk walking lowers the risk of heart failure and also helps in losing weight. This study will lead to an increase in the growth of weight loss and weight management market, as elaborated in the weight loss and weight management market report published by Coherent Market Insights.
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