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Exercise At Young Age Helps Reduce Risk Of Heart Attack in Elderly

Update Date: Apr 26, 2016 04:20 AM EDT

Exercise has tons of health benefits and doing it as a habit at young age reduces the risk of heart attack when people get old. Exercise at young age is like saving up money for the rainy days.

According to Health Line, the heart is a muscle that needs exercise to stay fit. It pumps more blood through the body and keeps on working at optimal efficiency when it is exercised and it is more likely to stay healthy longer.

With regular exercise, arteries and other blood vessels will stay flexible that ensures the good flow and pressure of blood. It also keeps the cholesterol at normal level.

American Heart Association (AHA) stated that a 30-minute of exercise, five days a week improves the health of the heart and reduces the risk of heart disease.

Over the past 40 years, tons of scientific reports have studied the link physical activity, physical fitness and cardiovascular health. Different groups and associations such as AHA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), together with US Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health in 1996 strengthen the scientific evidence of the relationship of the regular physical activity to different measures of cardiovascular health, according to AHA Journals.

The report says that individuals with regular exercise are less likely to develop coronary heart disease (CHD) compared to those with sedentary lifestyle. If CHD develops to those who exercise regularly however, it occurs at the later age and less severe.

As much as 250,000 deaths in the United States are caused by sedentary lifestyle. Furthermore, studies that are done on large groups of individuals for years have recorded the effects of physical activity against non-cardiovascular chronic diseases like hypertension, osteoporosis, non-insulin-dependent diabetes and colon cancer. However, a higher rate of cardiovascular issue and deaths were seen on those individuals with low levels exercise.

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the main causes of cardiovascular disease, as stated by AHA, but most of the Americans in the U.S. remain sedentary. Less than a third of the Americans meet the minimum recommended activity as suggested by the ACSM, CDC, and AHA expert panels.

Regular exercise lessens the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular events like stroke, and lowers the risk of the possibility of undergoing a coronary revascularization procedure such as coronary angioplasty or bypass surgery.

On the other hand, patients who are just diagnosed with heart disease were reported to return to work earlier after participating in an exercise program.

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