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Family history of heart disease? This may slash your risk


Family history of heart disease? This may slash your risk

Good news for people with a family history of heart problems — a new study from Stanford University found that cardio workouts may help lower the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Researchers looked at data from half of a million people in the UK. For people who were at high genetic risk for cardiovascular diseases, those who had “high levels of cardiorespiratory fitness” had a 49 percent lower risk for coronary heart disease and a 60 percent decrease in atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart rate) risk than people who had low cardio fitness.

While the press release doesn’t specify what’s considered “high” and “low” fitness, the American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity (running) per week for overall heart health.

“The main message of this study is that being physically active is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, even if you have a high genetic risk,” Erik Ingelsson, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University and lead author of the study, writes in the release.


But Ingelsson points out that more research should be done to determine whether hitting the treadmill will directly affect your risk for heart disease. And he advises people who are at risk for heart problems to work with a physician to create a physical activity plan.


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