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Heart Health Benefits of Walking

Walking can reduce heart disease risks and stroke risks and is an important part of rehabilitation following heart attack.
  1. Exercise and Heart Disease

Cut Heart Risks at any Weight with Exercise
Three studies published in April, 2005 found that moderate exercise such as walking 30 minutes a day cut heart disease death risks. Exercise works better to reduce health risk factors than the diabetes drug metformin.

Women's Exercise Levels Determine Heart Risks, Not Weight
A study shows that exercise and activity levels of women were the best predictor of heart health and prevention of heart attack, while other risk factors such as BMI and obesity were not.

Got Heart Disease? Get Moving!
Exercise and stress management training were shown in a study to help patients with ischemic heart disease reduce depression and emotional distress as well as improve their cardiovascular risk markers.

Midlife Couch Potato? Get Off the Couch for Heart Health
Studies show that exercise is good for improving heart conditions and preventing heart disease even if you take it up after age 40 or 60.

Walking for Blood Pressure Maintenance
Studies have shown that even in modest amounts, regular walking can reduce peak blood pressure and help with weight control, especially in the important mid-body region, where experts say excess weight is especially dangerous.

Short Brisk Walks Help Blood Pressure
Taking three or four short brisk walks throughout the day can control blood pressure as well or better than a longer walk.

Exercise with High Blood Pressure Doesn't Hurt Heart
Moderate exercise when you have mild high blood pressure doesn't hurt your heart

Count Exercise Calories for Heart Health
Based on the Harvard Alumni Study, the Harvard Heart Health Letter recommends burning 2000 calories in exercise each week.

Warning Signs of Heart Attack and Stroke
Stop walking and seek immediate care if you have any of these symptoms.

Exercise and COPD: Walking Towards a Healthier You
For people with COPD who expend extra energy just to breathe, regular exercise can improve the body's ability to utilize oxygen. Low-impact activities, such as walking, place minimum stress on the joints and are typically easier for COPD patients to perform.

Brisk Walking Prevents Heart Disease
The New England Journal of Medicine (Aug. 26, 1999) reports a study that shows 3 hours of brisk walking a week reduced heart disease risk by 35-40% in women. From Dr. Dean Edell.

Heart Attack First 24 Hours
How to survive the first 24 hours.  From the About Heart Disease Guide

Lower Blood Pressure through Walking, Diet
An exercise and weight-loss program can shift many people into less dangerous blood pressure categories. From Mayo Health.

Exercise Reduces Stroke Risk
American Heart Association reports study that shows walking helps prevent stroke.

Moderate Exercise is Good for Your Heart
Walking 30 minutes a day can give you the health benefits you want. From Dr. Dean Edell and HealthCentral.com

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