One in five Americans will develop heart failure, a progressive condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently.
But in a recent study of 137,303 older women by the University of Buffalo, those who walked briskly for about 30 to 60 minutes five days of the week (or were similarly active) were 25 percent less likely to develop heart failure than less active women.
Experts say that physical activity protects against heart failure by helping to control weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and inflammation, and by keeping arteries and the heart in shape. The intensity doesn’t seem to matter; what’s important is the amount.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health December 2018 Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure, Sept. 5th, 2018
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