Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Low push-up capacity may indicate heart disease risk

Low push-up capacity may indicate heart disease risk

The results showed that study participants who were able to perform 40 push-UPS, the risk of cardiovascular disease within 10 years was 96% less than those male who do less than 10 pushups. This is the first known study to link push-up capacity and heart disease risk. In the group of participants who performed between 21 and 30 push-UPS, the risk was 75% lower than that of the group who wrung from 0 to 10 times.

The scientists found that on a practical level, push-ups - which can be done from home, are more cost-efficient than a treadmill when it comes to developing better physical fitness habits that have been found to be a better indicator of heart disease risk.

"Our findings provide evidence that push-up capacity could be an easy, no-cost method to help assess cardiovascular disease risk in nearly any setting", study lead author Justin Yang said in a statement, reported Forbes.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and despite the growing evidence for "objectively assessing cardiorespiratory fitness as a vital sign in health care settings", the authors warn physical activity and CRF assessments "have largely been neglected by clinicians".

'To our knowledge, no study has examined the association of push-up capacity, a simple, no-cost, surrogate measure of functional status, with future cardiovascular events.

All but one occurred in men who completed 40 or fewer pushups during the baseline exam.

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That's according to a new Harvard study spanning 10-years.

Carried out by researchers from the USA, Cyprus, and Italy, the new study looked at data collected from 1,104 active male firefighters between 2000 and 2010.

During the 10-year study period, 37 cardiovascular disease-related outcomes were reported.

However, the researchers admitted that the study was based on a specialized group of people and the results may not be generalized to women or men of other age groups, occupations and conditions.

"I think also, one can be unhealthy, then get healthy and start working out, and reduce one's cardiovascular risk factors (better blood pressure, cholesterol, insulin levels, weight) - so it makes sense that push-ups, which reflect resistance training and fitness, are a good marker of cardiovascular risk", Higgins noted.

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