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Physical activity may cut HF risk in older women, study finds

Researchers found that older women who got at least some physical activity had an 11% reduced risk of developing heart failure, while those who were most physically active were 35% less likely to develop HF, compared with those who did not exercise at all. Walking was the most common form of activity, and the findings in JACC: Heart Failure -- based on 137,303 postmenopausal women, ages 50 to 79 -- suggest walking works as well as more vigorous exercise.

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