More Exercise, Less Risk of a Heart Attack

Published: September 30, 2012

One of the best actions you can take for your heart is to get into action, with exercise! A new study of more than 29,000 people from 52 countries provides more evidence that exercise is good for the heart. It linked regular mild exercise to a 13% lower risk of having a heart attack, and regular moderate or strenuous exercise to a 24% lower risk.

Inactivity "is a universal cardiovascular risk factor" the study's lead author said in an interview. "It's easy to reduce the risk of having a heart attack," he continued. "Try to incorporate your activity into your daily life. Take the stairs, and walk when you can."


"Inactivity Is a Universal Risk Factor for Heart Attack." Medscape

"Physical activity levels, ownership of goods promoting sedentary behavior and risk of myocardial infarction: results of the INTERHEART study." Held C, Iqbal R, Lear SA, et al. European Heart Journal 2012; DOI:10.1093/eurheartj/ehr432.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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