REUTERS: The number of push-ups a person can do in the doctor's office may be a good predictor of his risk of heart disease in the coming years, suggesting new research
. Men fired for 10 years, researchers have found that the risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attack was 96 percent lower among men who could make 40 or more squeezes during tests compared with men, What could be?
The results of the study may lead to a mild cardiac risk test, said lead author Dr. Justin Young, researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health at Chang in Boston
. ] "The use of pushups may not be costly and a simple method for assessing human function and predicting the risk of cardiovascular events in the future," Jan said. "For clinicians, this is very important, because many tests differ in their results and are very expensive and time-consuming, which can be done within one minute."
To look at the possible predictors of heart disease, Yang and his colleagues returned to data from 1010 Indiana firefighters who passed medical examinations between February 2, 2000 and November 12, 2007. Oxygen consumed during intensive exercises), height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and smoking status.
The average age of the firefighters was 39.6 years, and the average body mass index BMI, the weight-to-height ratio, was 28.7, which is in the "overweight" range. "With firefighters depicted on the calendars as mature and very fit, we tend to think of them as others, but this group is almost the same as the rest of the population," said Jan. "Half of them are overweight or obese."