BOSTON – Here's one way to predict the health of your heart: get down and give me 41 . A new study found that men who can perform at least 40 pushups in one attempt are much less likely to suffer from heart disease over the next 10 years
Harvard researchers Chan's Public Health School says their report is the first to show how the capacity of a push-up is related to heart disease. They found that middle-aged men who could register more than 40 push-ups in one attempt had a 96% reduced risk of developing a potentially lethal condition and other related illnesses such as heart failure compared to those who could not to finish more. For the study, the authors reviewed the health data of 1
By the end of the study period, 37 participants suffered from heart disease – and 36 of these men. were unable to register more than 40 push-ups in the initial test. The results of the treadmill test are less related to the diagnosis of heart disease.
"Our findings provide evidence that the ability of a push-up can be an easy, cost-free method of assessing the risk of cardiovascular disease in virtually any environment," says the first author of the study, Justin Young, a specialist in occupational medicine in the school, in a press release. Surprisingly, the push-up capacity is more strongly related to the risk of cardiovascular disease than the results of the submaximal treadmill test. "
The authors note that since the study was completed by middle-aged men with active occupations, the results should not be published in JAMA Network Open .