According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than five million people in the U.S. have a heart failure. The condition is typically managed with medications, diet low in sodium and increased physical activity. However, half of the patients diagnosed die within five years. A recent study followed 4,490 men and women (average age of 72) without initial signs of heart failure for 21 years with routine annual physical exams and questionnaires. Additional data collected included diet, walking pace and distance, leisure activity, exercise intensity, alcohol use, smoking status, weight and waist circumference. During the study, 1,380 people developed heart failure. The following were tied to lowering the risk of heart failure risk by 50%: brisk walking, calorie-burning leisure activities, modest daily alcohol intake, smoking avoidance and maintaining a healthy weight. Diet and exercise intensity were less important. How do you incorporate physical activity in your life and are you successful at persuading your patients to do the same?
For more information please see Reuters.
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