Picking up the pace and cutting down on smoking and drinking can prevent heart failure, say health experts
Walking briskly at two miles per hour, exercising away 845 calories a week and limiting alcohol to two drinks a night can halve the risk of heart failure scientists have found.
Adults who walked briskly, were moderately active in their leisure time, drank moderately, did not smoke and avoided obesity were far less likely to develop heart problems.
Researchers in the US studied the lifestyles of 4,500 adults for two decades tracking their diet, walking habits, leisure activity, exercise, alcohol use, smoking status, weight, height, waist circumference and heart health through questionnaires and physical exams.
Researchers found that adults who walked at a pace 2 miles per hour or faster had a lower risk of developing heart failure.