Inactivity is greatest heart risk factor for women over 30: study (British Journal of Sports Medicine)

This article outlines a study by the University of Queensland of roughly 30,000 participants that found that inactivity is the greatest heart risk factor for women over 30, even beating out obesity and high blood pressure. The study found that in the elderly groups, 65 percent of women from ages 73-78 got little or no physical activity, and up to 81 percent of those age 85-90. Based on the death rates from heart disease in Australia, the researches concluded that some 2,612 deaths within the participant population could be avoided if the participants would do about 1 hour of moderately intense activity during the day.

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