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Health Exchange: Doctors have a simple piece of advice for heart patients who want to live longer

Heart patients should move around every 20 minutes during an eight-hour period of sitting, according to a paper presented on Saturday at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Toronto, an event where visiting experts from the European Society of Cardiology participate in joint scientific sessions with the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

Heart patients spend most of their waking hours sitting, lying down, but remaining sedentary for long periods could shorten their life, research suggests. Taking breaks and burning more than 770 calories per day should help prolong their life, said Ailar Ramadi, postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at University of Alberta, Edmonton, and author of the latest paper.

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