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Active seniors can lower heart attack risk by doing more, not less

by Pamela M. on Monday, May 5, 2014

According to a recent study in study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, active seniors can lower their risk of heart attack by doing more, not less.  The report says that maintaining or boosting your level of physical activity after age 65 can improve your heart’s electrical well-being and lower your risk of heart attack.  Additionally, people who increased their walking distance or pace had better heart rate variability than those who reduced how much or how fast they walked. 

Luisa Soares-Miranda, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and the Faculty of Sport at the University of Porto in Portugal says, "Any physical activity is better than none, but maintaining or increasing your activity has added heart benefits as you age. Our results also suggest that these certain beneficial changes that occur may be reduced when physical activity is reduced.” To read more on this report, CLICK HERE.  

For one Sioux Falls couple, staying active is a way of life.  Bunny and Walt Davis, both 82, say that dancing, golfing, singing or playing guitar are all ways they stay active and keep moving.  And, they work hard to maintain a healthy diet.  To read more on how the Davis' stay healthy and active, CLICK HERE. 

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