Slow walkers are twice as likely to die from heart disease

How quick you walk could predict your risk of dying from heart disease, a major new study suggests.

Healthy adults who walk slowly are twice as likely to succumb to the world’s leading killer, scientists have found.

It is believed those who stroll quicker exercise more, implying they are physically fitter and protected against high blood pressure, obesity and inactivity – three known causes of the disease.

The research, led by Leicester University, was based on data from 420,727 people.

Healthy adults who walk slowly are twice as likely to succumb to the world’s leading killer, scientists have found

Lead author Professor Tom Yates said: ‘Slow walkers were around twice as likely to have a heart-related death compared to brisk walkers.

‘This suggests that habitual walking pace is an independent predictor of heart-related death.’

The findings applied to both men and women and remained true after adjusting for several risk factors, including smoking, BMI and diet.

How was the study carried out?

Published in the European Heart Journal, the study followed the participants over a period of six years to assess death rates.

After looking at death certificates of the UK Biobank study over the time frame, 1,654 deaths from heart disease occurred. 

Those who were reported as being slow walkers were found to be between 1.8 and 2.4 times more likely to die of heart disease during the period.

MARRIAGE PREVENTS HEART DISEASE DEATH

Marriage prevents death from heart disease, research revealed earlier this week.

Married people are 14 per cent more likely to survive a heart attack than those who are single, the study found.

This is thought to be due to spouses nagging each other to live a healthy lifestyle, Aston University, Birmingham, scientists said.

Husbands and wives can also be relied upon to remind the other to take their medication and generally help them to cope…

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