Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

ASSOCIATION BETWEEN LEISURE SPORTS ACTIVITY AND THE RISK OF INCIDENCE STROKE, CORONARY HEART DISEASE AND MORTALITY IN COMMUNITY BASED COHORT

Author

Hshieh SF, Yu HK, Hu GC, Chien KL

Institution

Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

Abstract

Objectives: Leisure-time physical activity has been associated with a lower risk of coronary artery disease (CHD) and stroke. However, it remains unclear whether different types of leisure-time physical activity are equally beneficial. Therefore, we investigated the association of leisure-time sports and non-sports activity with the risk of stroke, CHD and mortality in a Chinese population.

Methods: Complete physical activity data were obtained from 1,706 participants during a median follow-up period of 16.8 years. Among the participants, there were 118 cases of stroke, 104 cases of CHD and 438 deaths. The physical activity data was obtained using a Baecke questionnaire.

Results: Higher quartiles of leisure-time sports activity level were associated with a decreased risk of incident stroke, CHD and all-cause mortality. Compared with the lowest quartile, the adjusted hazard ratio of the highest quartile for incident stroke was 0.53 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.30- 0.96, P for trend=0.04), for incident CHD was 0.56 (95%CI, 0.32-0.97, P for trend=0.05), and that for all-cause mortality was 0.74 (95%CI, 0.56-0.97, P for trend=0.03). No significant association was found between non-sports activity and the risk of CHD and stroke.

Conclusion: The present findings suggest a significant inverse association between leisure- time sports activity and the risk of CHD, stroke and mortality in a Chinese community.