Health Exchange: Did you have heart surgery? Doctors have this piece of advice to help you live longer

Heart patients should move around every 20 minutes during an eight-hour period of sitting.

People who have had heart surgery 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.

He suggests simple activities such as standing up and walking at a casual pace. “There is a lot of evidence now that sitting for long periods is bad for health,” Ramadi said.

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