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Just Starting Exercise in Your 60s? It'll Still Do a World of Good

Just Starting Exercise in Your 60s? It`ll Still Do a World of GoodWEDNESDAY, Aug. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a 60-something with heart disease, it's not too late to give your ticker the benefits of a regular workout.Swiss researchers found that survival rates among heart patients who became active later in life were nearly the same as those who'd been exercising for years."Continuing an active lifestyle over the years is associated with the greatest longevity," said study author Dr. Nathalia Gonzalez of the University of Bern. "However, patients with heart disease can overcome prior years of inactivity and obtain survival benefits by taking up exercise later in life."The new study included more than 33,000 coronary heart disease patients (average age: 62.5) who were followed for a median 7.2 years. Median means half were followed longer,...

Exercise Could Help Fight 'Chemo Brain' in Breast Cancer...

25 August 2021
Exercise Could Help Fight `Chemo Brain` in Breast Cancer PatientsWEDNESDAY, Aug. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- For breast cancer patients battling "chemo brain," regular exercise may be a powerful prescription, a new study suggests.The term "chemo brain" refers to thinking and memory problems often experienced by patients who undergo chemotherapy.It's "a growing clinical concern," said study first author Elizabeth Salerno, an assistant professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "Some patients with cancer experience memory lapses, difficulty concentrating or trouble finding the right word to finish a sentence."In the study, Salerno's team analyzed data from 580 U.S. breast cancer patients and a control group of 363 without cancer.Before chemo, 33% of the cancer patients met government guidelines calling for at least...

Can You Exercise Your A-fib Away?

24 August 2021
Can You Exercise Your A-fib Away?TUESDAY, Aug. 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans live with a common abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation (a-fib), but new research suggests that exercise might ease the severity of the condition.When folks with a-fib participated in a six-month exercise program, they were able to maintain a normal heart rhythm and had less severe symptoms than those who only received information about the benefits of exercise. The benefits lasted for at least one year."Participating in a structured exercise program for up to 3.5 hours per week can reduce the likelihood of ongoing episodes of arrhythmia and decrease the severity of a-fib-related symptoms, such as palpitations and shortness of breath," said study author Adrian Elliott, a physiologist and research scientist...

Too Much Screen Time Could Raise Your Odds for Stroke

23 August 2021
Too Much Screen Time Could Raise Your Odds for StrokeMONDAY, Aug. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- You've heard the warnings about kids who are forever glued to their screens, but all that screen time can have devastating health effects for grown-ups.If you're under 60, too much time using a computer, watching TV or reading could boost your risk for a stroke, Canadian researchers warn."Be aware that very high sedentary time with little time spent on physical activity can have adverse effects on health, including increased risk of stroke," said study author Dr. Raed Joundi, a stroke fellow at the University of Calgary, in Alberta.For the study, which was published Aug. 19 in the journal Stroke, Joundi's team looked at 143,000 Canadian adults who had no history of stroke, heart disease or cancer.Over about nine years, these adults averaged...

Sit All Day for Work? Simple Step Can Cut Your Health Risk

16 August 2021
Sit All Day for Work? Simple Step Can Cut Your Health RiskMONDAY, Aug. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Take a work break: A small, new study suggests that getting out of your chair every half hour may help improve your blood sugar levels and your overall health.Every hour spent sitting or lying down increases the risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, the study authors said. But moving around during those sedentary hours is an easy way to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the odds of developing metabolic syndrome, which is a group of conditions that can lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other health problems."Breaking a sedentary lifestyle has positive metabolic benefits in free-living humans, thus it is beneficial to not sit the whole day — get up and move," said senior study author Dr. Erik Naslund. He is a professor...

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