Harvard Heart Letter

To keep your heart working well, stay active as you age

Research we’re watching Staying physically active as you move from middle age into your 70s can keep your heart in good shape, new research suggests. With age, the heart’s main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, tends to thicken. Both ventricles may also stiffen and not fill with blood properly—a condition known as diastolic dysfunction. But getting ideal amounts of physical activity (at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity or 75…

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