Women With Cardiovascular Disease Are Getting Less Exercise Than They Should

In 2013, one in four women died due to cardiovascular disease. According to the American Health Association, 400,000 women die each year because of heart-related health problems. Estimates reveal that this year, 1,055,000 coronary events will occur out of which 335,000 will be recurrent ones and 720,000 will be new.

Unfortunately, it seems as if women are not taking their health seriously despite being victims of heart disease. One of the top health concerns that kill people, cardiovascular issues can be prevented by consuming a diet that is healthy and exercising on a regular basis. But women are not getting enough exercise, as per a new research.

To ward off the risk of cardiovascular disease, experts say a diet that is high in saturated fats and salt must be avoided so as to reduce the risk of high bad cholesterol levels and elevated blood pressure markers. As for exercise, aerobic exercise of at least 150 minutes per week are recommended. This exercise doesn’t have to be vigorous as even light to moderate intensity exercise can be enough to increase the heart’s pumping power and strength.

What Does This New Study Reveal?

A new research which has been conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has been published in the JAMA Network Open says that majority of the women who have cardiovascular disease are not exercising enough.

For the purpose of this research, investigators took data from questionnaires from 2006-2015 by the U.S. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. This included information about 18,000 women who had cardiovascular disease and were from different races. First answers from the 2006 to 2007 questionnaire were collected and then answers from 2014 to 2015 were looked at for comparison.

It was found that from 2006 to 2015 the number of women not exercising enough despite having cardiovascular disease had increased from 58% to about 62%. It was noted that women in the age bracket of 40 to 64 years were the ones fastest increasing in terms of not getting enough exercise. Those who came from a low education or low-income background were more likely to not get ample exercise.

It was also found that the healthcare costs of these women had bumped up more in comparison to women who had cardiovascular disease, but exercised. Expenditure for women who didn’t exercise rose from $12,700 to $14,800 whereas those who did exercise for them the costs were less, increasing from $8,800 in 2006-07 to $10,500 in 2014-15. This shows that healthcare professionals need to focus more on groups of women who are less likely to exercise. They should encourage them to do so and give them tips too.

One of the authors of this study, Victor Okunrintemi said, “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.”