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Look after your heart health

It’s time to pick up a trowel and get gardening, as according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, gardening can cut the risk of a heart attack or stroke, and prolong life by as much as 30% among the over 60's. 

The research found that gardening is equally as good as regular exercise for the over 60's, mainly  because it increases overall energy expenditure, as prolonged sitting drives down metabolic rate to the bare minimum, while standing up and physical activity increase it. 

Physical activity and heart health study

The participants in the study; almost 4,000 sixty-year-olds in Stockholm, Sweden were asked to undertake a health check, where they were asked about their lifestyle, such as diet, smoking and alcohol intake, as well as how physically active they were. 

They were asked how often they had completed a range of daily life activities, such as gardening, DIY, car maintenance and blackberry picking over the previous 12 months, as well as whether they had taken any formal exercise.


Their cardiovascular health was assessed by means of lab tests and physical examinations, to check on blood fats, blood sugars, and blood clotting factor, high levels of which are linked to a raised heart attack and stroke risk.

Dr Gavin Sandercock, reader in sport and exercise medicine at the University of Essex, said: “The study clearly shows that even moderate, non-exercise activity like gardening benefits the health of older adults.”

The highest level of daily physical activity was associated with a 27% lower risk of a heart attack or stroke and a 30% reduced risk of death from all causes, compared with the lowest level, irrespective of how much regular formal exercise was taken in addition.

Gardening is associated with increased cardiovascular exercise, and considered to be one of the most potent stress relieving stimuli. The soil itself has a knock-on effect of stimulating the brain to release chemicals to improve mental wellbeing. Gardening thus has huge impact on mental and cardiac health, with a significant reduction of depression, stress, weight loss, and even a reduction of heart attacks.

Dr Carl Shakespeare , Consultant Cardiologist

Cardiac care at The Lister Hospital

Looking after your heart is key to enjoying gardening activities to the maximum of your ability. Breathlessness or heart flutters can be a sign you're overdoing it, but they can also signify a more serious condition. No matter how small, don't be afraid to seek advice from a heart specialist.


The Lister Hospital have a number of leading cardiologists at their fingertips who can see you at short notice and help diagnose your symptoms, offering treatment as required. 

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