Research shows regular exercise could reduce risk of heart failure

3 September 2014        

Two women running

Exercising for up to an hour a day could help cut your risk of heart failure, according to a new study.

Swedish researchers studied the total and leisure-time physical activity of almost 40,000 people with no previous history of heart failure.

The findings, published in the American journal Circulation, showed the more active a person was the lower their risk of heart failure.

However, the research suggests doing more than an hour of moderate intensity exercise provided no additional benefit.

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Julie Ward, said: “Keeping physically active can significantly benefit your cardiovascular health by helping prevent heart attacks and strokes.This study goes a step further and suggests that exercise can also lower your risk of heart failure.

“Although an interesting concept, the authors themselves admit to several significant limitations to their study which is why wider, more comprehensive research is needed before we can directly link exercise to the prevention of heart failure.

“You don’t have to run marathons to keep fit and healthy. We recommend you follow current guidelines and do at least two and a half hours of moderate exercise each week to help look after your heart.”