GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - There are many things that can increase your risk of a heart attack including your grip strength.
A study of nearly 140,000 people in 17 different countries found a connection with how strong your grip is and your likelihood of having a heart attack.
Researchers believe a weak grip strength could be an indicator of high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease because those make your arteries weak which makes your grip weak.
You can test your grip strength with a Dynamometer or with a common bathroom scale by squeezing the sides.
Grip strength should be around 68 to 70 for men and 38-40 for women.
The study found for every 10 pounds you are under the optimal grip strength your risk of death by heart attack or stroke increases by 17-percent.
So, what’s the correlation between grip strength and heart health?
Researchers aren't entirely sure why. They do know it doesn’t have anything to do with age, weight, smoking, drinking or exercising and that more research into the link is needed.
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