MEDFORD, Ore- A new study published by the Public Library of Science suggests a strong handshake could be a sign of having good heart health.
The research compared handgrip strength with cardiac structure and function in almost 5,000 men and women aged between 40 to 69 across the United Kingdom.
One of the lead authors says the results of the studies suggests that better muscular strength, measured by handgrip strength, might be associated with fewer changes or reshaping of the heart, which is usually seen in cardiovascular disease.
The group's hope is that this discovery could help identify people who are at higher risk of heart disease.
Handgrip strength has been used as a quick noninvasive way to measure cardiovascular function, but this study is one of the first to link hand grip strength with actual structure changes in the heart.
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