Is your lifestyle sedentary? Do you spend a lot of time just sitting in front of the television at home or at your office desk? You will need to change that habit soon as a new study has found that spending a lot of time during the day stuck in a chair or on the couch can lead to calcification in the coronary artery. This study, to be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session says that irrespective of the amount of exercise one might get during the day, sitting for long hours can lead to coronary artery calcification which is an indicator of heart problems. Read about the 8 common heart disease signs and symptoms.
The study found no association between coronary artery calcification and the amount of exercise a person gets, highlighting the fact that too much sitting can negate the impact exercising can have on coronary artery calcium.The 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 informed the lead author, Jacquelyn Kulinski, M.D. Read more about the various foods you can eat to prevent heart disease.
The research comes on the heels of recent studies linking excess sitting with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and early death. The phenomenon has been dubbed “sitting disease,” though it is a lifestyle risk factor and not a true medical condition.
This study offers a unique perspective on the effects of sedentary behaviour because it links sitting with an early marker for heart disease risk, laying the foundation for future studies that could investigate whether changing your habits could potentially reverse the damage before you develop full-blown heart disease. (Read:Clogged arteries could lead to a stroke)
Analyzing heart scans and physical activity records of more than 2,000 adults living in Dallas, the researchers found each hour of sedentary time per day on average was associated with a 14 percent increase in coronary artery calcification burden. The association was independent of exercise activity and other traditional heart disease risk factors.
The study offers a promising message, and reducing the amount of time a person sat by even an hour or two a day could have a significant and positive impact on your future cardiovascular health, Kulinski said.