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Global study sheds more light on role played by exercise, cars and televisions on the risk of heart attacks

12 January 2012

A worldwide study published in the European Heart Journal has shown that physical activity during work and leisure time significantly lowers the risk of heart attacks in both developed and developing countries. Ownership of a car and a television was linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, particularly in low- and middle-income countries

The findings come from the INTERHEART study, a case-control study of over 29,000 people from 262 centres in 52 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, North and South America.

Read the press release here.

Read the paper: Physical activity levels, ownership of goods promoting sedentary behaviour and risk of myocardial infarction: results of the INTERHEART study

Read the editorial: On cars, TVs, and other alibis to globalize sedentarism

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