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Adverse effects of lack of exercise on women’s heart health

Cardiovascular diseases in women are ever increasing and the deaths caused by it counts to be a combined sum of deaths caused by cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, and diabetes in the U.S. Thus, making it the leading cause of death in women in the U.S. Taking into consideration impact on racial differences, results are even more dramatic. African women are more affected by cardiovascular diseases when compared to white women. Researchers say that, today’s busy lifestyle with the lack of enough physical movement can be a major reason for this hike in cardiovascular diseases among women. Healthy lifestyle choices along with proper exercise and a balanced diet can help keep cardiovascular diseases at bay. Involving proper exercise in one’s daily routine can ensure optimum heart health. "Physical activity is a known, cost-effective prevention strategy for women with and without cardiovascular disease, and our study shows worsening health and financial trends over time among women with cardiovascular disease who don't get enough physical activity," says Victor Okunrintemi, internal medicine resident at East Carolina University. American Heart Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the physical activity guidelines as at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week or 30 to 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week for adults. Unfortunately, more than half of the women population in the U.S with this condition fails to meet with this minimum required amount of exercise.