Sitting can increase your risk of heart attack by 50%.

Routine work in a chair along with a sedentary lifestyle is a health risk. (Photo: Unsplash)

It’s not news that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. The coronavirus pandemic and the transition from work to home office make it even more difficult to have an exercise routine. However, a Chinese study warns that people who sit for more than eight hours a day are 50% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

Published in the journal JAMA Cardiology, this work has tracked more than 100,000 adults in 10 years. Thousands of participants in more than 20 countries around the world are on average 50 years old and asked how many hours they sit each week.

Based on their answers, they were divided into different groups. Eleven years later, the results were amazing. There were over 6,200 deaths, 2,300 heart attacks, 3,000 strokes, and 700 heart failure, all of which were not fatal.

They found that people who sat 8 hours a day had a 20% higher risk of heart attack and stroke and a 49% higher chance of heart failure than those who sat only 4 hours a day. ..

Studies have also shown that regular exercise during the week reduces the risk of excessive sitting. People who did about 12 and a half hours of physical activity a week were at 17% risk of death. For those who had virtually only two and a half hours of activity, the risk was 50%.

The authors also compared the findings with smoking. The numbers found in the two studies are similar. Smoking causes 10.6% of deaths and 6.6% of heart disease, whereas 8.8% of deaths and 5.8% of heart disease cases were due to the combined effect of excessive sitting and physical inactivity.

Lead author WeiLi said the findings should make people harder to sit and more active. British charities and experts encouraged workers to take breaks during working hours for exercise, such as short walks, and asked their employers to provide a standing desk.

The UK Health Service (NHS) states that adults need to perform at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week, such as active walking, or 75 minutes of intense intensity activity per week, such as running. increase. You should also do strength exercises at least two days a week.

“This study adds what we already know about activity and health and shows that sitting for more than 8 hours a day increases the risk of stroke. To improve cardiovascular health. A great way to do this is to do 150 minutes of physical activity a week, which is only 30 minutes in 5 days, “Chloe MacArthur of the British Heart Foundation told Daily Mail.

Cardiovascular disease

In Brazil, this type of illness is the leader in Brazil’s mortality rate. According to the Brazilian Heart Association (SBC), about 14 million Brazilians suffer from heart disease, and 400,000 die each year as a result of the disease.

In the UK, about 160,000 people, or one-quarter of all deaths in the country, are due to a heart attack, which is equivalent to one death every three minutes.

In the United States, the disease is also the leader in case fatality, killing about 670,000 Americans annually.