Patients with hypertension and CVD have lower hospitalization risk with faster walking speeds
In a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, results indicated that patients with heart disease were hospitalized less if they walked at a faster pace. This study was based on results of 1,078 hypertensive patients, of whom 85% also had coronary heart disease and 15% also had heart valve disease.
At the beginning of the study, all patients were instructed to walk on a treadmill for 1km at what they considered to be a moderate intensity. Then, they were separated into fast walkers (5.1km/hr), moderate walkers (3.9km/hr), and slow walkers (2.6km/hr)
The study found that each 1 km/hour increase in walking speed resulted in a 19% reduction in the likelihood of being hospitalized during the three-year period. Compared to the slow walkers, fast walkers had a 37% lower likelihood of hospitalization in three years.