A new study has found that women who are physically inactive in their 30s have a greater risk of suffering from heart attacks than those who are fit.
The study was conducted by researchers at University of Queensland who analyzed the health records of more than 32,500 women between 20 and 90 years of age. They developed a mathematical formula by making use of the data in order to calculate the risk of heart disease among the women based on whether they were physically active, smoked, were obese or had high blood pressure.
The researchers found that while lack of exercise increased heart disease risk across all age groups, those in their 30s were 50 percent more likely to suffer from cardiovascular problems compared to women who were fit. The study has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
"Continuing efforts to reduce smoking rates in young adult women are warranted. However, from about age 30, the population attributable risk for inactivity outweighs that of the other leading risk factors, including high BMI, which is currently receiving much more attention", the researchers wrote in their report.