September 14, 2012 Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson 312-334-2311 firstname.lastname@example.org
CHICAGO - Just two-and-a-half hours of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week can result in valuable cardiovascular dividends according to a new study published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.
“Exercise is essential for good vascular health,” said Niten Singh, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery®. “This new report reinforces the importance of exercise and its effect on good blood flow.”
Completed at University College in London, researchers studied more than 4,200 participants (average age 49) for 10 years. Persons who maintained an exercise regimen - brisk walking, vigorous gardening, cycling, sports, housework and home maintenance – had lower markers that indicate the risk of coronary disease.
“For America’s Baby Boomers, this is a wake-up call,” said Dr. Singh. “Remain active into your retirement years. We’re talking about just 30 minutes of exercise a day.”
The lack of regular physical activity results in 250,000 deaths each year according to a 2003 Circulation report. Persons who are least physically fit have a mortality risk 4.5 times higher than physically fit persons.
Exercise may reduce the risk of stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in America according to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2010 National Vital Statistics Report. In 2010, 137,000 Americans died of stroke.
Non-invasive tests can screen for vascular disease. Medications can help control vascular disease. Information about physical activity and vascular health appears on the Society for Vascular Surgery website
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About the Society for Vascular Surgery®
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 3,683 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its Web site at VascularWeb.org®. Follow SVS on Twitter and Facebook.