Friday, December 18, 2009

Obesity, Inactivity Keeping Heart Health Stats Down

“While physicians and surgeons are getting better at treating heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems, too many Americans are ignoring the basic rules for preventing them, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association. Topping the list: too little exercise, too much weight. In fact, 59 percent of adults surveyed last year reported no activity vigorous enough to prompt sweating and a significant increase in breathing or heart rate, according to the update. The findings are published online Dec. 17 in the journal Circulation. ‘The things people need to focus on are our weight and our waist,’ said Dr. Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, chair of the heart association's statistics committee. ...

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