Heart Disease Predictor: Run A Mile As Fast As You Can

May 19, 2011 7:31 am 7 comments

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.

7 Comments

  • I think this article is full of sh!t

  • Not enough information on this. What if a woman can run a mile in 9 minutes or 10 minutes? Kinda sexist.

  • My doctor just died the other day of a heart attack…he was jogging around the parking lot outside of the hospital where he worked. He could run a mile about as fast as anyone. Ron has it right…this article is full of SH!T.

  • makes sense , but it should be published i na magazine for the truly ignorant: Muscle and Fitness magazine.

  • If I ran a mile as fast as I could I would surely die of a heart attack. How many readers took it literally and ran at top speed without consulting with their physician first. It’s amazing that this study conducted, for such a long time, is so vague.

  • I’m impressed, I should say..You share me a very useful and important information and I agree we should take care of our health as early as possible.

  • heart attack with stent 1 yr ago
    i jog the mile in 12 mins so i have to agree the article is full of it

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