Exercise and Heart Failure Risk

An analysis of health records on more than 94,000 adults revealed that engaging in more than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (or 75 minutes of high-intensity physical activity) a week can reduce the risk for heart failure by more than 60%. Study author Dr. Frederick explains, “There are many potential ways that regular physical activity may reduce the risk of developing heart failure… For example, physical activity helps prevent weight gain and related cardiometabolic conditions, such as high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, all of which are risk factors for heart failure. Regular physical exercise may also strengthen the heart muscle, which, in turn, may prevent heart failure from developing.” Circulation, August 2022

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