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Comparative Study
, 12 (4), 23-32

Heart Disease, Family History and Physical Activity

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Comparative Study

Heart Disease, Family History and Physical Activity

J Chen et al. Health Rep.

Abstract

Objectives: This article examines the association of family history of heart disease and leisure-time physical activity with incident heart disease.

Data source: The data are from the 1994/95, 1996/97 and 1998/99 longitudinal household components of Statistics Canada's National Population Health Survey. This study is based on information provided by 9,255 respondents aged 20 or older who reported that, in 1994/95, they were free of diagnosed heart disease and in good health.

Analytical techniques: Multiple logistic regression was used to estimate the association of family history and physical activity with a new diagnosis of heart disease, while controlling for age, sex, educational attainment, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and body mass index.

Main results: When family history and other risk factors were taken into account, people who, in 1994/95, engaged in regular physical activity at a moderate level or beyond had lower odds of receiving a new diagnosis of heart disease than did sedentary individuals. People with a family history of heart disease who regularly participated in at least moderate physical activity had lower odds of developing heart disease than did their sedentary counterparts.

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