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Exercise After 40 Can Reduce Heart Disease Risk - Study Found  Physically Active Adults After Forty Years of Age Cut Coronary Disease Rate

July 18th 2006

Exercise After 40 Can Reduce Heart Disease Risk - Study Found  Physically Active Adults After Forty Years of Age Cut Coronary Disease Rate

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A new study says that people over the age of 40 can still take steps to reduce their risk of developing coronary artery disease.  Of course people that have been physically active their whole life still have a lower risk, but those who became very physically active after the age of 40 were about 55 per cent less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease than those who had embraced inactivity all their lives.

The researchers interviewed 312 adults between the ages of 40 and 68 who had confirmed coronary artery disease and 479 volunteers matched for age and sex.  They were all asked questions about their physical activity between the ages of 20 and 39 and also for the period after 40.


About half of those with heart disease and seven out of 10 of the healthy volunteers said that they had been moderately or very physically active in younger and older adulthood.

The researchers found that one in 10 of those with confirmed heart disease and one in 20 of the healthy volunteers admitted to a life of inactivity.  Participants that were active all of their lives were around 60 percent less likely to be diagnosed with coronary heart disease. 

According to the authors, it is best to exercise your whole life, but they add that it is “not too late to start”.  Even in older life, exercise still offers many benefits and substantially cuts the risk of heart disease.


They say that the known risk factors for heart disease include smoking, diabetes, and high blood pressure. In England only about a third of men and a fifth of women manage the recommended 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week.

Their findings were published online and will be published in the journal Heart.

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