Even a Little Overweight, Inactivity Hurts the Heart

(HealthDay News) — Even a few extra pounds and just a little inactivity increased the risk of heart failure in a major study of American doctors.

“What this study shows is that even overweight men who are not obese have an increase in heart failure risk,” said Dr. Satish Kenchaiah, lead author of a report on the finding in the Dec. 23 issue of Circulation.

As for exercise, “even a little amount of physical activity appears to decrease the risk of heart failure,” said Kenchaiah, who did the research as a epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is now at the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

The study has followed more than 21,000 doctors for two decades, measuring among other factors the influence of overweight and physical activity on development of heart failure, the progressive loss of ability to pump blood, which is often a prelude to major coronary events. Read more…

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