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New York: Members of the Sikh community in Connecticut, in association with the American Heart Association, organised a fundraising walk to create awareness about heart health, a media report said.

The community participated in the ‘Heart Walk’ to show their support to the cause and to spread awareness among people about Sikhism, News India-Times reported on Wednesday.

We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives,” an official from the American Heart Association was quoted as saying.

“Our nationwide organisation includes 156 local offices and over 3,000 employees,” he added.

While participating in the event, organised on October 3, the members of the Connecticut Sikh Association said they will setup tables during next year’s programme to create awareness about heart diseases.

The American Heart Association was founded by six cardiologists in 1924 and includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters.

(IANS)

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When heart disease runs in the family, more physical activity may be the best defence, say researchers. According to the findings reported in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, greater grip strength, more physical activity and better cardiorespiratory fitness are associated with reduced risk for heart attacks and stroke — even among people with a genetic pre-disposition for heart disease.

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“The main message is that being physically active is associated with a lower risk of heart disease, even if you have a high genetic risk,” said Erik Ingelsson, lead study author and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University’s School of Medicine in California. To reach this conclusion, researchers looked at data from roughly a half-million people in the UK Biobank database.

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For participants with an intermediate genetic risk for cardiovascular diseases, those with the strongest grips were 36 per cent less likely to develop coronary heart disease and had a 46 per cent reduction in their risk for atrial fibrillation, compared to study participants with the same genetic risk who had the weakest grips.

Among individuals deemed at high genetic risk for cardiovascular diseases, high levels of cardiorespiratory fitness were associated with a 49 per cent lower risk for coronary heart disease and a 60 per cent lower risk for atrial fibrillation compared to study participants with low cardiorespiratory fitness.

Heart Disease can be minimised by exercise.

“The study is not a prescription for a specific type or amount of exercise and because the results come from an observational study, Ingelsson said, adding that “we can’t definitely claim a causal connection.” Nonetheless, the researchers said the data is robust and the results are worthy for consideration in guidelines. IANS

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