Women in the United States spend $100 billion a year on fitness equipment, but there’s little evidence that the equipment actually helps prevent heart disease and strokes, according to a new report from the American College of Cardiology.
The report, “The Benefits of Fitness Equipment,” says that the devices may also help prevent strokes and heart disease, though that data is not available for the full range of devices.
The authors looked at the medical devices sold in the U.S. and compared them to the medical equipment used by Americans overall.
They compared the costs of the devices and their relative benefits against the medical costs of treating people with heart disease.
The average cost of a heart attack is $1.8 million, according the American Heart Association.
To find out if there were differences in benefits between the devices, the researchers analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey from 2009 to 2011.
The survey covered nearly 12 million Americans, and the authors found that men spend a median of $2,600 on heart-related products each year, while women spend about $2.50 on exercise equipment.
For women, that difference is even greater: women spend $3,500 per year on exercise, while men spend about the same as women on the devices.
That difference is also significant for people with type 2 diabetes, a condition that can make exercise and exercise-related care more expensive.
The American Heart Foundation, which works to prevent heart attacks, recommends that people with diabetes use a combination of exercise and physical therapy to prevent strokes.
And for people who have high blood pressure or cholesterol, the American Society of Hypertension recommends using a medication that can lower blood pressure.
For those who have hypertension, the AHA recommends taking an exercise-only medication.
While heart disease is still the leading cause of death among people 65 and older, the authors say the average person in the country is getting less exercise each year.
The AHA, the U, and others are pushing for the use of wearable devices that would track the amount of exercise, including heart rate monitors.
The new report found that the majority of Americans, 59 percent, said they were getting enough exercise to prevent or delay a stroke, compared with 42 percent who said they didn’t have enough exercise.
But the survey also found that about one-third of Americans said they had “some” or “some not enough” exercise to reduce their risk of a stroke.
The study also found a strong relationship between how much exercise people get and how likely they are to have a stroke and the type of device they use.
Men who were more physically active were three times more likely to have one or more strokes than men who were less active, the report found.
The most common devices people were using were elliptical machines and stair machines.
The devices have become increasingly popular as a way to get exercise and also as a means to reduce blood pressure, according, as the study notes, “to improve cardiovascular function and manage chronic pain.”
The report also found evidence that exercise-specific devices such as treadmills, treadmiles, and elliptical trainers can increase the risk of stroke.
While it’s possible that more Americans are using treadmikes and other exercise-based devices, researchers don’t know why.
“The more we know, the more important it is that we encourage exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. David Ludwig, the lead author of the report.