Excess sitting ups heart attack threat: Study
Millions and millions of people across the world sit for hours without even standing up for a few minutes in their offices. When they come back to their homes they behave more like couch potatoes as they continue to flock around their television sets and continue to sit for hours in front of TVs. If you are one of such people, you should realize that you are in fact a sitting duck for heart attack.
Sitting is as bad as smoking if not outright poison. It not just makes you fat, but also increases the chances of heart attack and many other ailments in you.
A latest study claims that sitting continuously for hours day after day increases the chance of heart attacks. The study says that it doesnâ€™t make a difference even if you do physical exercise for as much as one hour.
The new study is going to be presented during American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego.
While talking about the study lead author Jacquelyn Kulinski, M.D., assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin says â€œIt’s clear that exercise is important to reduce your cardiovascular risk and improve your fitness levelâ€¦But this study suggests that reducing how much you sit every day may represent a more novel, companion strategy (in addition to exercise) to help reduce your cardiovascular risk.â€
While elaborating the findings Kulinski says, â€œI think the study offers a promising message. Reducing the amount of time you sit by even an hour or two a day could have a significant and positive impact on your future cardiovascular healthâ€.
Other experts too claim that the findings may be true. Dr. David Alter of Toronto Rehab, University Health Network (UHN) and Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences says â€œMore than one half of an average personâ€™s day is spent being sedentary â€” sitting, watching television, or working at a computerâ€¦Our study finds that despite the health-enhancing benefits of physical activity, this alone may not be enough to reduce the risk for disease.â€