Inactivity Named Top Heart Disease Risk Factor in Women

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Physical inactivity is the greatest risk factor for heart disease in women (even more than smoking, hypertension, and high BMI), according to new research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Wendy J. Brown and colleagues from the University of Queensland reviewed data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health on over 32,000 women and found that physical inactivity after the age of 30 was the most significant population attributable risk (PAR) of heart disease compared to smoking, hypertension, and high BMI. According to the study authors, efforts to target women and encourage physical activity should become a high priority.

Inactivity Named Top Heart Disease Risk Factor in Women
Inactivity Named Top Heart Disease Risk Factor in Women

Staying physically active is far more likely to determine a woman's future risk of heart disease than any other well-known factor, including smoking, obesity and high blood pressure, a new study reports. Looking across the lifespan of Australian women using data on more than 32,000 of them, ...

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