Getting Fit in Middle Age Can Reduce Heart Failure Risk, University of Texas Study

Published: May 16, 2013

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Middle aged and out of shape? It's not too late to get fit -- and reduce your risk for heart failure, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2013. Researchers ranked fitness levels of 9,050 men and women (average age 48) who took two fitness tests -- eight years apart -- during mid-life. After 18 years of follow-up, they matched the fitness information to Medicare claims for heart failure hospitalizations.

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