Harvard Heart Letter
Walk your way to more flexible arteries?
Research we’re watching The more steps you take per day, the more flexible your arteries may be, a new study suggests. Elastic, flexible arteries are a sign of a healthy cardiovascular system, while stiff, inflexible arteries are a harbinger of heart disease. Researchers pooled findings from 10 studies that measured people’s daily step counts and their arterial stiffness, using a technique called pulse wave velocity. With every heartbeat, a wave of blood travels