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Harvard: Study of Push-up Capacity and Heart Health Most-read Article Across JAMA Network

A study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health that looked at push-ups and heart health was the most-read article across the JAMA network of journals in 2019.

The study found that middle-aged men who were able to complete more than 40 push-ups had a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease outcomes — including diagnoses of coronary artery disease and major events such as heart failure — during 10 years of follow-up compared with those who were able to do less than 10 push-ups during the baseline exam.

Dr. Justin Yang, occupational medicine resident in the Department of Environmental Health, was first author, and Dr. Stefanos Kales, professor in the Department of Environmental Health and chief of occupational medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, was senior author of the study.

A December 3, 2019 JAMA Network article noted that the article was viewed 532,846 times.

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