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Are You Getting Enough Exercise for a Healthy Heart? Probably Not, Finds Study

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Doctors recommend this much aerobic exercise for the heart

Do you know how much exercise you need to have a healthy heart? Here is what health experts found when posing that question to a little over one-thousand adults.


When it comes to matters of the heart, most people think of Valentine’s Day when February rolls around. However, February is also “Heart Month” according to the Cleveland Clinic, which recently released their latest findings from a survey as part of Cleveland Clinic’s “Love your Heart” consumer education campaign in celebration of American Heart Month.

What the survey revealed was that only 20 percent of Americans know how much exercise is recommended for a healthy heart. Furthermore, 40 percent of Americans are exercising less than the recommended 2.5 hours per week of at least moderate intensity aerobic exercise.

Results from the survey also showed that reasons why people are not exercising enough:

• Work obligations (41%)
• Tiredness (37%)
• Obligations with family and friends (28%)

The survey also revealed that only one-third of Americans surveyed were aware that someone with heart disease needs to exercise the same amount―rather than less―as someone without heart disease.

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“While heart patients should certainly consult with their doctor before beginning a new program, they should be more worried about the effects of not exercising on their heart than exercising,” said Steve Nissen, M.D., chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. “Nearly all people with heart disease, and without, should exercise. It improves blood flow, leads to lower blood pressure and will help you live longer… potentially reducing the risk of dying from heart disease by as much as 40 to 50 percent. It’s worth making time for it.”

In fact, here is one recommended walking technique that is safe and healthy for heart failure patients and one reason why you may want to raise a glass of cranberry juice for heart health.

For more related content, here are the 5 most important keys to a healthy heart and how an Apple Watch saved a teen's heart.


NBC News―“Exercise Your Heart

Cleveland Clinic “How Much Exercise is Best for Heart Health? Americans Aren't Sure