Exercise greatest risk factor for heart disease in women

9 May 2014        

Two people running down a forest path

Physical inactivity is the greatest risk-factor for heart disease amongst women over the age of 30, according to Australian research.

Researchers studied Australian women in 15 age groups over a period of 12 years. They found that from the age of 30, the most important influence on the risk of heart disease was their level of physical activity.

Thembi Nkala, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “We already know physical inactivity is a major risk factor for heart disease. Interestingly, this study shows its dominant influence on heart disease amongst women, and suggests a greater need to promote regular physical activity amongst this group.

“It’s important to remember that heart disease is linked to other factors such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It’s essential to manage these too, as the more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of heart disease. Speak to your GP or Practice Nurse if you have any concerns about your heart health.”