How many push-ups can you do in a row? People who can do more than 40 push-ups in a row have a 96 percent lower risk of heart disease than those who can. do less than 10, according to new research.
The Harvard study, published in JAMA Network Open on Friday, suggests dropping to the floor and showing your doctor how much you can do can be a better predictor of heart disease, heart attacks and strokes than traditional treadmill tests
"Surprisingly, push-up capacity was more strongly associated with cardiovascular disease risk than the results of submaximal treadmill tests," lead author Dr. Justin Yang, Occupational Medicine resident at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, said in a press release.
"Our findings provide evidence that push-up capacity could be an easy, no-cost method to help assess cardiovascular disease risk in almost any setting."
The researchers analyzed the health The data of 1
During the study period, 37 of the men developed some type of cardiovascular disease , with "all but one" occurring in men who completed 40 or fewer push-ups in the baseline exam.
"Participants able to complete more than 40 push-ups were associated with a significantly lower risk of incident CVD event risk compared to with those completing fewer than 10 push-ups, "the study says.
" Participants able to perform 11 or more push-ups at baseline had significantly reduced the risk of subsequent CVD events. To our knowledge, this is the first study to report the inverse relationship between push-up capacity at baseline and subsequent CVD-related outcomes in a professionally active male cohort. "
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," authors warn physical activity and CRF assessments "have largely been neglected by clinicians."
"The most commonly used physical activity assessments are patient self reported history and health and lifestyle questionnaires, "it says. "However, objectively measured CRF levels are often significantly lower than expected based on self-reported physical activity."
Traditional cardiorespiratory fitness tests are "expensive, time-consuming, and often require professional facilities and trained personnel to administer."  "The use of these tools remains limited to specific occupations and targeted population populations," it says. "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."
The authors noted that because the study population consisted of middle
"This study emphasizes the importance of physical fitness to health and why clinicians should assess fitness in clinical practice." "said Senior Stefanos Kales, professor at the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard Chan School and chief of occupational medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance.