Your pace of walking may predict heart disease

Your pace of walking may predict heart disease

Are you a middle-aged person with a slow walking pace? If yes, you might be at a higher risk of developing heart disease compared to those who walk steady or at a brisk pace, researchers have found.

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According to study:

  • The study revealed that middle-aged people, both men and women.
  • In addition,who reported that they are slow walkers were around twice as likely to have a heart-related death compared to brisk walkers.
  • This suggests that habitual walking pace is an independent predictor of heart-related death.
  • Further, walking pace was strongly linked to an individual's objectively measured exercise tolerance.
  • And a good measure of overall physical fitness.
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  • Thus, walking pace could be used to identify individuals who have low physical fitness.
  • And high mortality risk that would benefit from targeted physical exercise interventions.
  • Moreover, the study also found that handgrip strength is a weak predictor of heart-related deaths in men.
  • And could not be generalised across the population as a whole.
  • For the study the team analysed 420,727 middle-aged people across Britain.
  • In the following 6.3 years, after the data was collected there were 8,598 deaths.
  • 1,654 died from cardiovascular disease, while cancer took 4,850 lives.
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