Poor fitness in adolescence linked with increased cardio-vascular risks

Poor fitness in adolescence linked with increased cardio-vascular risks

December 7, 2015

So far, most studies have focused on fitness of middle-aged and older adults as regards its impact on cardiovascular health. In a first of its kind, a large study has for the first time analyzed the impact of fitness on cardiovascular events in young adults.

About cardiovascular risks

Cardiovascular risks include chronic illnesses that need lifelong medications like hypertension (high blood pressure), atherosclerosis (plaque formation in the blood vessels especially arteries), stroke and myocardial infarction (heart attack). These are life threatening situations and experts at Euromedic Healthcare are forever trying to avert these outcomes in their patients. The study found that young adults who are fit had as much as 21% lower chances of developing these cardiovascular risks compared to those who remained unfit and obese.
Cardiologists and fitness experts from the German medical chain of Euromedic Healthcare have always been at the forefront of promoting health gain to prevent the incidence of diseases in the first place.

The study

Study conducted at John Hopkins Hospital consisted of 4872 young adults who were made to run on treadmills for a stipulated time. After 7 years, the same set of people were tested on the treadmill again. The results showed that around 83 persons died during the retests, and 3067 patients showed increased cardio-vascular risks seen as calcification of heart blood vessels and thickening of heart walls. They also found that even 1 minute of increase in exercise on daily basis lead to lower risks of cardiovascular events making fitness and health a top priority. Each increase in the treadmill test by 1 minute meant better strain tolerance and lesser left ventricular mass. Every minute’s reduction in fitness was associated with a 21% higher chance of death and 20% higher risk of cardiovascular diseases.
As a result of these findings, the authors stressed upon the importance of not just preventing and reversing obesity, but of maintaining overall fitness and stamina by regularly exercising. Often in the humdrum of a busy life, exercise and health take a backseat till a major health event jolts one awake. Taking lessons from this study it is important that we take health more seriously right from a younger age and work at maintaining it.
Cardiologists at the Germany based centers of Euromedic Healthcare are always available to guide and train you towards better health and fitness by creating personalized fitness programs for your needs and preferences. Our skilled experts ensure that you get in shape and are fighting fit in no time and chart out detailed programs that you can sustain for the years ahead.

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