Heart disease patients 'face worse health outcomes if they are sedentary'

30 November 2015

A sedentary lifestyle can increase the likelihood of worse health outcomes among people with heart conditions, regardless of how much they exercise.

This is according to a new study from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, which investigated levels of sedentary behavior and the effect on health in 278 patients with coronary artery disease.

It was found that patients with coronary artery disease spent an average of eight hours each day being sedentary, with men spending more time sitting down than women.

Patients who sat more had a higher body mass index and lower cardiorespiratory fitness, with these trends remaining in place regardless of their physical activity levels. This means that people who sat for longer periods were heavier and less fit, regardless of how much they exercised.

Lead author Dr Stephanie Prince, a postdoctoral fellow in the division of prevention and rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, said: "Sitting, watching TV, working at a computer and driving in a car are all sedentary behaviours, and we need to take breaks from them."

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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