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Sedentary living ‘has negative impact on heart disease patients’

30th November 2015

People with heart disease who live sedentary lifestyles are more likely to experience worse overall health outcomes.

A study from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute has examined levels of sedentary behaviour and its effect on health in 278 patients with coronary artery disease, finding that patients spent an average of eight hours each day sitting down.

The researchers expressed surprise at the figure being as high as this, given that the trial participants were given classes on improving their levels of exercise in the long term.

Men were shown to spend more time sitting than women, with more sedentary patients generally having a higher body mass index and lower cardiorespiratory fitness. These trends remained prevalent regardless of age, gender or physical activity levels.

It means that people who sat for longer periods were heavier and less fit regardless of how much they exercised at other times.

Lead author Dr Stephanie Prince, postdoctoral fellow in the division of prevention and rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, said: "It's important to limit prolonged bouts of sitting and in addition to be physically active. Sedentary time may be another area of focus for cardiac rehabilitation programs along with exercise."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801807009-ADNFCR

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