Slow Walking Indicator of Heart-Related Death

Source: Slow Walking Indicator of Heart-Related Death, Study Finds | American Council on Science and Health

Earlier articles with walking-speed vs death association:
2015:
“5 year mortality predictors in 498 103 UK Biobank participants: a prospective population-based study”. Excerpts related to walking:
– Self-reported health and walking pace were the strongest predictors in both sexes and across different causes of deaths.
– Our findings suggest that measures that can be simply obtained by verbal interview without physical examination (eg, self-reported health and walking pace) are the strongest predictors of all-cause mortality.
http://www.thelancet.com/jo…

2013
“Association of walking speed in late midlife with mortality: results from the Whitehall II cohort study.”:
– Slow walking speed is associated with increased mortality in the elderly, but it is unknown whether a similar association is present in late midlife. Our aim was to examine walking speed in late midlife as a predictor of mortality, as well as factors that may explain this association.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.go…

Hat Tip and thanks to fellow reader John H. Newcomb who provided the quotes and links above in the comments section from the original article.

Six Minute Walk Test May Help Predict Cardio Risk

The 6-minute walk test may improve cardiovascular risk prediction in patients with stable coronary heart disease, researchers found.

Even after adjustment for traditional cardiovascular risk factors and measures of cardiac disease severity, each standard deviation decrease in walk distance was associated with a 30% greater risk of MI, heart failure, or death (HR 1.30, 95% CI 1.10 to 1.53), according to Alexis Beatty, MD, of the University of California San Francisco, and colleagues.

via Medical News: Walk Test May Help Predict Cardio Risk – in Cardiovascular, Atherosclerosis from MedPage Today.

New underwriting requirement for applicants with known heart disease.  Take a walk.