In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers found women scoring less than 85 percent of their age-predicted exercise capacity on an exercise stress test have a two-times greater risk for serious heart problems and death.

The current American College of Cardiology (and) American Heart Association exercise guidelines and standards are based on exclusively male data said Dr. Martha Gulati, study author and preventive cardiologist at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center. Women were being measured on the same scale as men.

But Gulati said her study indicates a woman and man of the same age, exercising the same amount, have a different age-predicted exercise capacity.

She said her research provides women and clinicians with specific normative values and will likely be incorporated within the ACC/AHA guidelines.

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