Hand-Grip Strength May Provide Clues to Heart Health
May 15, 2015
Move over blood pressure readings—the latest way to test for risk of a heart attack, stroke and premature death could be determined by how hard our hands grip. Over the course of four years, researchers followed 140,000 adults between the ages of 35 and 70 from 17 countries. What they found was that every 11-pound decrease in grip strength came with a 16 percent increased risk of death. While the results of the study aren’t exactly uplifting, the handgrip tests could become the easiest, least-expensive way to detect potential heart problems. While we wait for these tests to pop up at our annual physical, what preventative measures do you take to keep your heart healthy? Leave your suggestions in the comments.