Researchers from Harvard University have worked with a pretty well-established idea: "Higher levels of fitness would be associated with lower levels of accidental cardiovascular disease." their work. They were hoping to find out if there was an easy way for doctors to assess the risk of heart disease in their patients. It turns out that it can be as simple as asking people to make pushups, according to a new study published on Feb. 15 in the journal of the American Medical Association.
As part of their studies, scientists followed 1 104 firefighters. by 10 firefighters in Indiana for a decade. When firefighters would see their local doctors for routine checkups, they were also checked for the number of breakdowns that could end.
"The face check does not require special equipment , low cost, or can be done easily in virtually any environment within two minutes, and provides an objective assessment of functional status, "the researchers wrote in the study. "This is a quantitative measure that is easy to understand by both the clinician and the patient."
And this is much simpler than some of the methods currently used by doctors to assess the physical fitness of a person. Doctors today sometimes use the so-called "treadmill test" in which patients are asked to run on a treadmill until the heart rate reaches a certain level. It takes time and requires the doctor to have expensive training equipment. For these reasons, they are not routine.
But as the researchers point out, conducting such tests can be useful because heart disease and related complications – such as hypertension and diabetes – are the leading cause of death. around the world, according to the American Heart Association. After all, pushup testing is simply a tool and not in itself to determine the overall health of the heart. But this can be an easy way for anyone who more often measures physical training.