Sitting and Cardiac Concerns

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Story Updated: Jan 23, 2014

Sitting too much can have serious health repercussions. In fact, a new study suggests men who sit for too long raise their risk of heart failure....even among those who exercise regularly!

Researchers followed nearly 83-thousand men between the ages of 45 and 69. None had heart failure at the start. Participants were asked to report on their exercise habits and sedentary time for an average of nearly eight years. Information about their height, weight, dietary patterns, education, marital status, smoking history, income and race were also collected. Here's what the data revealed:

Men with little physical activity were 52-percent more likely to develop heart failure than active men.

In men who exercised, those who sat for five or more hours a day were 34-percent more likely to develop heart failure compared to those who only sat for two hours or less a day.

Approximately 20% of adults will be diagnosed with heart failure during their lifetime.

The American Heart Association recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise to reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV… with the news that can help keep your family healthy.

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