Saturday, June 18, 2011

Yet another study linking lack of fitness to risk of heart attacks

This should probably not come as much of a surprise but researchers have published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, science which indicates your level of fitness is a strong indicator of your fitness and a strong predictor of future risk of heart attacks and death. In this case the researchers used a treadmill test similar to the one I took for myself recently, although they used a slightly different protocol (Balke, not Bruce). The same researchers also reported in the journal Circulation, that if you include fitness in models of risk prediction, you can be much more accurate in predicting who is at risk of having heart attacks and dying.

These research papers were also covered in the NY Times.


  1. Perhaps editorially including the words "lack of" fitness (to risk of heart attacks) would more clearly convey to the lay reader the key point of the Circulation article.