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Hand Grip & Heart Strength

New research is suggesting that grip strength may provide clues into your heart health. This research could result in a simpler and more inexpensive way to assess heart health (for preventive reasons) in the future.

Research:

Grip strength was measured on 140,000 participants ages 35-70 over four years in 17 different countries. What the study found was that a decrease of 11-lbs of grip strength was related to a 16 percent increase in risk of death from any cause.

While this is a correlation study, and does not determine a precise cause-and-effect relationship, researchers think that a grip strength test may be a better indication of predicting premature death compared to blood pressure screenings.

The grip strength test also had a high correlation to determining increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and premature death even after may other lifestyle factors were accounted for (smoking, diet, exercise).

What you can do:

Besides living a healthy lifestyle, be sure you get regular check-ups (blood work, blood pressure, and other preventive exams). In the near future these tests may include grip strength as a regular test to determine your risks.

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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.

REF:

http://consumer.healthday.com/senior-citizen-information-31/misc-death-and-dying-news-172/hand-grip-strength-may-provide-clues-to-heart-health-699350.html