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Small Improvements in Lung and Heart Fitness Prevents Heart Disease: Study

TRONDHEIM, NORWAY – A recent study at the Norweign University has stated that doing small improvements in the fitness could prevent the chances for heart disease. It has been found that those who have healthy lungs and heart have a more healthy life as they do not suffer a heart attack. Basically, maintaining a fit lifestyle helps to ensure a proper blood flow through arteries to the heart which prevents a person from a heart attack and angina.

A study was conducted during the time-span of 2006 to 2008 in which the cardiorespiratory fitness of about 4500 men and women were assessed. None of the persons had problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or cancer. And it was established that they would remain free from heart disease for the next 10 years. However, in the year 2017, the cardiorespiratory health of the same participants was assessed and about 150 out of the total participants had suffered a heart attack or developed heart disease, angina, which spreads because of the narrowing or blocking of heart arteries.

“We found a strong link between higher fitness levels and a lower risk of heart attack and angina pectoris over the nine years following the measurements that were taken,” said Bjarne Nes of the Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

“Even among people who seem to be healthy, the top 25 percent of the fittest individuals actually have only half as high a risk as the least fit 25 percent,” he said in a university news release.

In this study, a fitness calculator developed at CERG was used which measured the body’s capacity to transport and use oxygen during exercise IQ. The study found that with an increase of 3.5 fitness points, there is a decrease of 15 percent in the risk of heart disease and angina. Researchers and medical experts claim that this study would inspire people to use exercise as preventive medicine to various heart diseases.

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