Cardiovascular disease is one of the most prominent causes of death across the globe.

Without prejudice against race or gender, the World Health Organization indicates that more than 31% of the global deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease.

With millions of deaths attributed to the disease per year, cardiovascular disease is also astringently coined as the ‘Silent Disease’, which may explain the cause of such high death rates.

For instance, the symptoms for coronary heart diseases, which raise the risk for potential heart attacks, are often so subtle that it is undetectable.

Often, the underlying disease may not be known until after the individual has suffered a myocardial infarction, or otherwise a heart attack, which may prove to be fatal.

The question then, is if we should all live in fear of the symptoms of heart disease and potential heart attacks are unnoticeable until its too late?

Current studies suggest that there is a simple fitness solution for predicting your risk of developing heart disease.

The pushup test is an activity that everyone is encouraged to try at home or at the gym that only takes about a minute to complete.

The Study

A Harvard-based longitudinal study observed approximately 1,100 middle-aged firemen, with a median age of 39.6 years old, over 10 years after conducting a baseline max push-up test.

The results were publicly shared on the JAMA Network Open, which shows that of the 1,100 firemen, those who were able to do at least 40 push-ups during their baseline test were less likely to experience cardiovascular health risks.

Only one participant from the group who was able to do more than 40 push-ups had experienced a cardiovascular health scare within the decade since the baseline test.

This result indicates that people who can do at least 40 push-ups were 95% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

The best part of the push-up test is that it can be completed in about a minute or so, which means that it is a low-commitment activity that barely takes up any time in your day but can act as a significant indicator of your state of health.

One-Minute Pushup Test

To begin the push-up test, start by finding a flat, open-spaced floor. The form of the body matters when conducting a proper push-up test!

The hand and feet should be placed at shoulder distance, with the legs extended straight behind the hips so that the body is in a straight line from the top of your head to the tip of your toes.

When commencing in each push-up, the chest should be close to the ground, but not touching the floor.

The arms must remain at a 45-degree angle between the shoulder and the elbows before pushing back up.

During the push-up state, the back should remain in line with the head and shoulder to avoid hunching.

Of course, the original study held significant limitations that did not include women, those who were less physically active, and older or younger individuals.

However, the message that the study delivered was that there is a correlation between push-up capacity and lower incidents of cardiovascular events.

Therefore, every push-up count as increased physical fitness lowers the chances of health risks later on in life.

Francis Rogers Palmer III, M.D.
Author

A world-renowned expert on aesthetics and facial shaping, Francis Rogers Palmer III, MD is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 27 years of experience and author. He is an inventor of multiple medical products and devices. Dr. Palmer is an honors graduate of San Diego State University, and received his MD from the University of California – Irvine. He completed fellowships with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.Dr. Palmer has appeared on ABC’s The View, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News, Dr. Phil, and Entertainment Tonight. He also has been featured in Allure, Fit, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, US Weekly, People, In Touch, The New York and Los Angeles Times. British magazine Tatler named him “one of the world’s best plastic surgeons.” He is the author of The Palmer Code, What’s Your Number? ®.

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