Good news for those of you getting plenty of physical activity (and bad news for those who aren’t)…
According to a study just published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, exercising improves your chances of surviving a heart attack. And the more the better.
The study looked at more than 14,000 people who enrolled in a study back in the late 1970s. At the time, they had never suffered a heart attack or stroke. They rated their levels of exercise as sedentary, light, moderate, or high.
Fast forward to 2013, and 1,664 of the study participants had experienced a heart attack. Of those, 425 died immediately. The investigators looked at the level of activity and found that patients who exercised less were more likely to die from their heart attack.
On the flip side of that coin, the people who exercised the most were the most likely to have survived. People who said they had moderate activity levels were 32 percent less likely to die from the heart attack than those who were sedentary. And those in the high-activity category were a full 47 percent more likely to survive their heart attack.
One reason for this might be that people who exercise develop extra blood vessels in the heart. That allows the heart to continue getting adequate blood supply even if there’s a blockage.
So there you have it. This is yet another reason to make exercise a part of your daily life. Find an activity you love and do it. Walking, hiking, running, biking, mountain climbing…I don’t care what it is, just get out there and start giving your heart the workout it deserves.
It just might save your life one day.
And in the meantime, you can read my in-depth guide for warding off heart attacks in the first place in my special report The World’s Easiest Heart Disease Cure.
European Society of Cardiology. “Exercise associated with improved heart attack survival: Chances of survival increased as amount of exercise rose.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 April 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170412091108.htm>.