Do physical activity levels influence the cardiovascular-related physiological characteristics of postmenopausal women?

Barnett, Fiona (2009) Do physical activity levels influence the cardiovascular-related physiological characteristics of postmenopausal women? Australasian Journal on Ageing, 28 (4). pp. 216-218.

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Abstract

Aim: This study aimed to determine whether cardiovascular-related physiological differences existed among postmenopausal women in relation to their physical activity levels.

Methods: Participants were postmenopausal women (n= 101) resident in North Queensland. A self-report questionnaire determined recent exercise history. Anthropometric and physiological measures were obtained. Participants also performed a six-minute graded exercise test to determine cardiorespiratory fitness.

Results: Compared with the women who exercised, those women who did not exercise had a lower level of cardiorespiratory fitness (P= 0.00) and higher resting diastolic blood pressure (P= 0.01), BMI (P= 0.00) and WHR (P= 0.02). Discriminant function analysis found that a combination of BMI and cardiorespiratory fitness discriminated between the two groups.

Conclusions: Postmenopausal women who performed moderate-intensity physical activity had more favourable cardiovascular-related physiological characteristics. Health professionals should encourage more postmenopausal women to participate in moderate-intensity activity to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Item ID: 11339
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6612
Keywords: cardiovascular disease; physical activity; postmenopausal period; women
Date Deposited: 18 May 2010 00:52
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 50%
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