A Harvard University study indicates that the more a man can do pushups, the less likely he is to develop heart disease.

A new study reveals that the number of pumps that a man can do can be a good indicator of his risk of heart disease.

The study, conducted by Harvard T.H researchers The Chan School of Public Health compared the heart health of male firefighters over a 10-year period. Those who could do more than 40 pumps during a time test during a preliminary examination were 96% less likely to have developed a cardiovascular problem compared to those who could not do more than 10 pumps, according to the published report Friday in the medical journal JAMA Network Open.

According to the American Heart Association, nearly half of American adults are suffering from a form of cardiovascular disease in 2016. The study authors believe that pumps can be an easy way to test the risk of heart disease in men.

"Our results demonstrate that lifting ability can be a simple and free method to assess the risk of cardiovascular disease in almost all settings," said author of the study, Justin Yang. "Surprisingly, the ability to lift was more strongly associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease than the results of sub-maximal treadmill tests."

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According to a new study, middle-aged working men who could do more than 40 pushups in a minute were much less likely to suffer from heart problems. (Photo11: The ugly fool)

The men, who had a mean age of 40 years and a mean body mass index (BMI) of 28.7 at the start of the study, performed the uplift test and a tolerance test at the same time. exercise on the treadmill. The participants were instructed to do tractions on time with a metronome set at 80 beats per minute until they reach "80, forget 3 beats or more of the metronome or stop by exhaustion."

During the next decade, men underwent physical examinations and completed health surveys. Of the 1,104 participants, 37 heart health problems have been reported, such as coronary artery disease, heart failure or sudden cardiac death.

The study found significantly lower rates of cardiovascular problems in people with higher lifting capacity compared to the lowest baseline lift capacity.

Although men capable of performing at least 40 pumps had the lowest risk, participants who were able to perform 11 or more pumps also had a reduced risk of subsequent heart health problems.

The authors of the study note that further research is needed before the results can be generalized to other groups, such as women, the elderly and the less active.

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