published: Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 23:39
Update: Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 23:38
Najja Parker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
– Do you want to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease? The pumps could help, according to a new report.
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Harvard T.H. Researchers The Chan School of Public Health recently conducted a study published in the JAMA Network Open to determine the relationship between pumps and heart disease, which can lead to heart failure, heart attacks and strokes.
To do this, they examined the health-related data collected from 1,104 active male firefighters from 2000 to 2010. The subjects, aged about 40, had annual physical exams and medical and medical questionnaires . Analysts also measured participants' thrust capacity and performance on the treadmill.
During the ten-year evaluation, there were 37 incidents related to cardiovascular disease. All but one of the events occurred in men with 40 or fewer tractions at the start of the trial.
After further analysis, the scientists calculated that the risk of cardiovascular disease was reduced by 96% in men who could perform more than 40 pumps, compared to those who were less than 10.
"Our results demonstrate that push-up capability could be a simple and free method to help assess the risk of cardiovascular disease in almost all settings," said lead author Justin Yang.
In addition, push-up ability was more strongly associated with lower incidence of cardiovascular events than treadmill performance.
The team noted some limitations. They only rated men of average age, so the results may differ for women and men of other ages.
Nevertheless, they think their conclusions are solid.
"This study," said lead author Stefanos Kales, "focuses on the importance of fitness for health and explains why clinicians should assess fitness at clinical encounters ".