Push-ups test: how many reveal a heart risk?

It's a simple, no-cost method to help doctors check for heart disease risk, researchers say
Reuters Health

The number of push-ups a man can do in a GP’s room may be a good predictor of his risk of developing heart disease, new research suggests.

In a study of more than 1100 male firefighters followed for 10 years, researchers found the risk of atherosclerosis or cardiovascular events, such as stroke and heart attack, was 96% lower among men who could do 40 or more push-ups during timed tests than among men who could do fewer than 10.