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Physical activity can reduce heart attack risk

26th March 2014

As little as 30 minutes exercise per week can reduce the likelihood of a heart attack, a study has found.

Those who want to improve their health will find that minimal amounts of physical activity can lower the risk of a heart attack by about 30 per cent, cites Fit Sugar.

That's according to a analysis of over 24,000 men and women of all ages, from 52 countries. All were participating in an investigation that studied one of the nine risk factors of heart attack - physical inactivity.

Researchers compared the work and leisure time exercise habits of 10,043 people who had a heart attack alongside 14,217 who had no history of the disease.

The heart attack risk for those who performed mild exercise dropped - 13 per cent for mild activity (yoga, fishing, easy walking) and 24 per cent for moderate exercise (walking, cycling), cites Vancouver Sun.

This could encourage those with a history of cardiovascular disease to renew their gym membership and hop aboard the treadmill for some exercise. Even then, a simple 30 minute walk once a week could reduce the chances of having a heart attack.

Dr. Claes Held, lead author of the study, notes that being active "is a very simple and easy way to stay healthy and it's not like extreme levels of activity are needed".

"Staying physically fit throughout life may well be one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways to avoid the coronary care unit," added Held.