A study by Harvard University says that the more people can drive, the less the risk of heart disease.
The number of push-ups that one can make can be a good indicator of the risk of heart disease, a new study found.
The study, conducted by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan's Public Health School compares the heart health of male firefighters over a 10-year period. Those who could make more than 40 push-ups during pre-test pre-testing are 96% less likely to develop a cardiovascular problem than those who can do no more than 10 push-ups , according to a report published Friday in the JAMA Network Open Medical Journal
Almost half of adults in the United States are engaged in some form of cardiovascular disease in 2016, according to the American Heart Association. The authors of the study believe that push-ups can be an easy way to test the risk for male cardiovascular disease.
"Our findings prove that the capacity of a push-up can be an easy, seamless method for assessing the risk of cardiovascular disease in virtually any environment," said author Justin Young. "Surprisingly, the push-up capacity is more strongly related to the risk of cardiovascular disease than the results of submaximal runway tests."
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Active middle-aged men. according to a new study that could make more than 40 push-ups per minute, had a significantly lower risk of heart problems. (Photo11: The Motley Fool)
Men who had an average age of 40 years and an average body mass index (BMI) of 28.7 at the start of the study also performed the push-up test and a tolerance test for treadmill training. The participants were instructed to make pushups on time with a metronome set at 80 beats per minute until they "reached 80, missed 3 or more strokes, or stopped because of exhaustion."
Over the next decade, men underwent physical examinations and completed health studies. Among 1,104 participants, 37 reports of cardiac health problems, such as coronary heart disease, heart failure or sudden cardiac death.
The study found significantly lower cardiovascular problems among those with higher capacity than the lowest baseline capacity.
Although men who can make 40 or more push-ups have had the least risk, participants who can perform 11 or more push-ups also show a reduced risk of subsequent heart problems. Research: Nearly half of Americans have heart disease 19659005] Heart Health: Do You Have High Blood Pressure? Depends on which doctor you ask
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