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Weak grip indicator of cardiovascular disease

New research suggests having a weak grip could be linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Research, published in The Lancet, studied almost 140,000 patients across 17 countries and found that a person's grip strength could indicate they are at increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.

The findings showed that participants who had a weaker grip were at an increased risk of developing and dying from cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke.

Doireann Maddock, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation(BHF), said:“The findings of this study are interesting, however it doesn't explain why grip strength should be related to cardiovascular disease. More research is needed to understand any possible link between the two.

“The good news is we already know there are several established risk factors for cardiovascular disease and an NHS health check can assess your risk,” she said. 

Public Health England, the BHF, Joint British Society and NHS choices have developed The Heart Age Tool, so patients can input simple lifestyle information including their weight, height and smoking habits to see how their real age compares to the predicted age of their heart.

It is available online for free here