Heart Disease Predictor: Run A Mile As Fast As You Can
A 55-year-old man who needs 15 minutes to run a mile has a 30 percent lifetime risk of developing heart disease. But a 55-year-old who can run a mile in eight minutes has a lifetime risk of less than 10 percent. Those calculations come from a UT Southwestern Medical Center study that looked at information from thousands of participants who underwent a comprehensive clinical exam and a treadmill exercise test at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas between 1970 and 2006. A Southwestern Medical Center news release reports that researchers found that a higher fitness level lowered the lifetime risk of heart disease even in people with other risk factors. Read more here.