Want to protect your ticker? Keep up those gym sessions. Danish researchers recently found that almost half the people who suffer a heart attack while working out survive, compared to only 15 percent of people who have a heart attack under other circumstances.
Why? Simple: If you’re exercising, people are more likely to be around to help, the researchers explain.
But here’s the thing: More than 60 percent of heart attacks are due to lifestyle issues—a poor diet, smoking cigarettes, high cholesterol, or lack of exercise—many of which are in your control. And while no heart attack is good news, getting yourself moving is just another step in the right direction, says Eric Topol, M.D., Men’s Health cardiology advisor and genetics professor at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego.
In fact, just 2.5 hours of slight exercise a week—that includes mowing the lawn, carrying the groceries, or painting—can reduce inflammation in your body thought to be a major contributing factor for developing heart disease
From Men’s Health.com
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