Study Connects High-Intensity Leisure-Time Activity with Lower Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Researchers from Spain’s University of Navarra recently studied the effects of leisure-time activity when it comes to cardiovascular disease risk. Analyzing data from middle-aged adults as part of the SUN cohort, they found that the intensity of leisure-time physical activity affects cardiovascular disease incidence regardless of energy expenditure.

The findings were based on a study of over 18,000 middle-aged adults with a mean age of 38. From this data, researchers found that individuals who engaged in high-intensity leisure-time activities had the lowest risk of cardiovascular risk. Researchers also observed an inverse relationship between high-intensity leisure-time physical activity and nonfatal myocardial infarction but not with stroke.

These findings were published in The American Journal of Cardiology on September 8, 2018.