Experts want to alert people about other habits that can have an impact on blood pressure readings. Your blood pressure isn't just related to your genetics, but also to your lifestyle, like your diet, workout routine, and sleep habits. Many people know a diet high in fat, salt, and sugar along with a sedentary lifestyle can affect blood pressure rates. But experts want to alert people about other habits that can have an impact on blood pressure readings. Recently, the American Heart Association released a list of hidden habits that can affect a person's blood pressure.
People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, experts are warning. The work, in the European Heart Journal, is further evidence against the idea people can be "fat but fit". The researchers studied health data on more than half a million people in 10 European countries, including the UK. Normal blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels were no assurance of good heart health among obese people. After a follow-up period of more than 12 years, 7,637 of the people in the study had developed heart disease.
People with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of heart attack and stroke, research suggests. Scientists say it could be because higher levels of a blood-clotting protein is present in people with A, B and AB blood. The findings could help doctors better understand who is at risk of developing heart disease, the researchers said. But a heart charity said people should focus on giving up smoking and eating healthily to reduce their risk. The research, presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress, analysed studies involving 1.3m people.
Just 30 minutes of exercise every morning may be as effective as medication at lowering blood pressure for the rest of the day. A study found that a short burst of treadmill walking each morning had long-lasting effects, and there were further benefits from additional short walks later in the day. In experiments, 35 women and 32 men aged 55 to 80 followed three different daily plans, in a random order, with at least six days between each one. The first plan consisted of uninterrupted sitting for eight hours, while the second consisted of one hour of sitting before 30 minutes of walking on a treadmill at moderate intensity, followed by 6.5 hours of sitting down. The final plan was one hour of sitting before 30 minutes of treadmill walking, followed by 6.5 hours of sitting which was interrupted every 30 minutes with three minutes of walking at a light intensity.