Office A lower risk of heart failure is linked not only to doing more exercise, but also independently to spending less time sitting, concluded US researchers after analyzing 8 years of health data on 84,000 men.

Reporting their findings in the journalCirculation: Heart Failure, Dr. Deborah Rohm Young, a senior scientist at Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, CA, and colleagues describe how they found even among men who exercised regularly, sitting for long periods increased their risk of heart failure.

Dr. Young says the key finding from their study, the first to look at the link between heart failure risk and time spent sitting, is:

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