Women who exercise have healthier hearts

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Women who exercise appear to live longer: Those who are very fit run a much lower risk of dying from heart disease, cancer and other common causes compared to those who are less active, a new study suggests. They new report is considered important because it’s one of the few exercise studies that focus on benefits for women.

Spanish researchers found that compared to the fittest women, those with poor capacity for exercise were nearly four times more likely to die from heart disease, according to the study presented at EuroEcho 2019, the annual meeting of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.

The fittest women in the study were able to manage the equivalent of “walking up four flights of stairs in about 45 seconds, or walking up three flights very fast,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Jesus Peteiro, a cardiologist at the University Hospital A Coruna.

Prior to Peteiro’s research, information on the benefits of exercise in women had been scant as many studies have focused on men.

Be more active every day

Peteiro believes there is hope even for women who don’t workout if they are willing to make a change now. While gym memberships may work for some, it’s too easy to let those lapse, he said in an email.

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