Lifestyle may affect sudden cardiac death risks

By REUTERS
July 6, 2011 06:40

NEW YORK - There's yet another reason for women to stay fit, eat healthy, abstain from smoking and maintain their weight at a healthy level: those who do so may be less likely to die from sudden cardiac death, a US study said.

Each of the different factors -- a Mediterranean-style diet, a healthy weight, not smoking and exercise -- were linked to a smaller chance of sudden cardiac death, which is related to a malfunctioning of the electrical rhythm of the heart, the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association said.

Added together, the factors were tied to a 92 percent reduced risk.


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