Push-up capacity linked with lower incidence of heart trouble

Men able to complete more than 40 push-ups have a lower risk of heart disease.

Push-ups linked to heart health

Men able to complete more than 40 push-ups have a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease (including coronary artery disease and heart failure) compared with those who are unable to complete 10 push-ups, says a new study.

Objective assessments of physical fitness are considered strong predictors of health status. However, most current tools such as treadmill tests are too expensive and time-consuming to use during routine health checks. 

This is the first known study to report an association between push-up capacity and subsequent cardiovascular disease outcomes.

“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,” report author Dr Justin Yang explained.

“Surprisingly, push-up capacity was more strongly associated with cardiovascular disease risk than the results of submaximal treadmill tests.”

From 2000 to 2010, researchers collected and analysed health data from 1104 active male firefighters.

Participants’ push-up capacity and submaximal treadmill exercise tolerance were measured at the start of the study, and each man subsequently completed annual physical examinations and health and medical questionnaires.

During the 10-year study period, 37 incidences of cardiovascular disease outcomes were reported. All but one occurred in men who completed 40 or fewer push-ups during the baseline exam.

The researchers calculated that men able to do more than 40 push-ups had a 96 per cent reduced risk of cardiovascular disease events compared with those who were able to do less than 10 push-ups.

Push-up capacity was more strongly associated with lower incidence of cardiovascular disease events than aerobic capacity estimated by a submaximal treadmill exercise test.

Because the study population consisted of occupationally active men, the results may not be generalisable to women or to men who are less active, note the authors.

How many push-ups could you do at your peak? How many push-ups could you do now? Have you done a treadmill test for your heart health? Do you think it should be replaced by a push-up test?

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    greenie
    19th Feb 2019
    10:28am
    More drivel from some obscure 'study'!
    grahami2006
    19th Feb 2019
    10:58am
    Totally agree. I have CVD and just had a triple bypass. This was diagnosed via a stress test completed on a treadmill. Safer as it is controlled by a specialist.
    Sen.Cit.90
    19th Feb 2019
    11:11am
    Spot on greenie, even as a fit young soldier I was pretty useless at push-ups.
    Nowaday's if I even got down to try pushups, I couldn't get back up without clawing at furniture :-) LOL
    Rod63
    19th Feb 2019
    11:27am
    "Nowaday's" Sen.Cit.89? Why the apostrophe?
    Sen.Cit.90
    19th Feb 2019
    12:39pm
    Rod63, is your question a grammar lesson or are you just being a DH.
    Rod63
    19th Feb 2019
    3:16pm
    Grammar question. Was it a typo or do you think it should be there?
    Polly Esther
    19th Feb 2019
    3:27pm
    Rod63 - Your comment and or question is both ridiculous and uncalled for.
    Triss
    19th Feb 2019
    4:55pm
    Remember, Rod63, unlike Latin English is a living language and is changing all the time, what was seen as correct yesterday may be looked at differently tomorrow.
    almost midnight
    19th Feb 2019
    11:07am
    I have never been able to do push-ups well..however was fit enough to play water polo at national level when a LOT younger and still fit enough to swim 34ks around the Greek Islands in 6 days - but according to this I am way below being fit? - more scare-mongering
    almost midnight
    19th Feb 2019
    11:07am
    I have never been able to do push-ups well..however was fit enough to play water polo at national level when a LOT younger and still fit enough to swim 34ks around the Greek Islands in 6 days - but according to this I am way below being fit? - more scare-mongering
    Poppysmum
    19th Feb 2019
    11:27am
    Laughing! Last time I did it....I was really good at push-ups......but the shoulders are busted now......how about 40 plus lie-downs?
    Sally
    19th Feb 2019
    11:52am
    Not a good idea. Push ups would be out of the question for people with hand and wrist problems eg arthritis/carpal tunnel syndrome.
    GeorgeM
    19th Feb 2019
    2:54pm
    Just another rubbish study! Anybody could have told them if you are more fit (thus can do more push-ups) you are less likely, in general, to have cardiovascular disease risk! Wonder who wasted money on this so-called research.
    Jim
    19th Feb 2019
    3:13pm
    I can do 50 push ups quite comfortably, no heavy breathing and no pain, I have always been able to do push ups, I have had 2 heart attacks, I wonder how many I would have had if I couldn’t do them push ups, who does these surveys and who pays for them?


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