Gender Specific Exercise May Be Heart Healthier

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

"Any type of sport, there's always a men's standard and a women's standard."

Now there's a new study that says women and men should have different standard for exercise to maintain a healthy heart. The findings are in the New England Journal of Medicine. Melissa Pesterfield is a personal trainer at Bowling Green Parks and Rec who works with men and women.

Pesterfield says: "I think since they've done this study that they should pursue it and set up different standard for women and men."

Treadmill tests have been used to diagnose heart disease in patients with chest pains or shortness of breath. In the study more than five thousand women took the test with out any symptoms of heart disease.
During that test the researchers studied the women's heart rate.

Pesterfield says: "It's a simple test. It doesn't take that long to do. And it could probably really benefit the doctor in assessing something they might not have noticed if they hadn't done the treadmill test."

According to the study women whose treadmill test was less than 85 percent of predicted age-specific value, had twice the risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

Here's how you can find your heart rate. Using a watch count your pulse for 10 seconds and multiply it by six. Or count for 15 seconds and multiply it by four. Once you've figured out your maximum heart rate, you should maintain it for 25 to 30 minutes to get the maximum benefits. The authors of the study say they hope this will provide a reason to reassess differences in fitness requirements in men and women.

For more on the study visit this site: http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/353/5/468


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