Number Of Push Ups May Predict Risk For Heart Disease

Heart disease risks may be predictable based on how many push ups you can do, a recent study claims.


The more push ups you can do, the lower your risk for heart disease.


If these findings can be validated, it will establish a new, simple, fast, and inexpensive way to measure your risk for cardiovascular disease.

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Heart Disease: Statistics

The World Health Organization (WHO) stats show that every year there are 18 million deaths due to cardiovascular diseases. On the global scale, this number accounts for 31% of all deaths.


The risk factors are lack of exercise, smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and a poor diet. In particular, many studies have shown a direct correlation between exercise and cardiovascular disease.


Current exercise methods to measure heart risk are the treadmill test, and the  cardiac exercise stress test. These are costly and take several hours to complete.


A recent study completed at Harvard shows that physically active men who can do more than 40 push ups at a session have  lower cardiovascular risk compared to men completing fewer push ups. In addition, the number of push ups correlated more strongly with cardiovascular risk than did the treadmill tests.

Heart Disease: Results Of The Push Up Study

The research team collected and analyzed the health information from 1,104 active male firefighters. The mean age was 39.6 and mean BMI (body mass index) was 28.7. These data covered a period of 10 years, between 2000 and 2010.

Researchers established a baseline by first measuring the push up capacity and the treadmill exercise tolerance of each participant. From that baseline, participants were given yearly physical exams and a series of medical questionnaires.


The investigators gathered the remaining relevant data through the participants’ yearly physical exams and by asking them to fill in a series of medical questionnaires.



Results showed that participants who completed more than 40 push ups at baseline, had a 96 percent lower cardiovascular risk than men who only completed 10 or fewer push ups.

Still, researchers admit that more research is necessary as they only measured active men in their 30’s and 40’s. Women, older and younger men, and less active people also need to be measured.


Nevertheless, these results are important in that they establish a strong link between exercise and heart disease.


So, people, start doing your push ups.

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