Hand grip a good stroke predictor

People with a weak handgrip are at higher risk of stroke, and also more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than their firm-gripping peers, finds a Lancet study.

A 5kg reduction in grip strength is associated with a 9% increase in the incidence of stroke and a 17% increase in cardiovascular mortality, with an increase in all-cause mortality of 16%.

Previous studies have found handgrip strength inversely correlates with mortality, but the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study shows the results can be generalised