Palm grip strength may offer a simple and inexpensive test to predict the risks of having a heart attack or stroke (or of premature mortality), according to a large international trial involving roughly 140,000 people across 14 countries. Grip strength appears to provide a stronger predictor of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality than blood pressure.
Gallagher, J. (2015). Palm ‘holds secrets of future health’. London: BBC Health News, May 14th 2015.
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Leong, DP. Teo, KK. [and] Rangarajan, S. [et al]; on behalf of the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) Study Investigators (2015). Prognostic value of grip strength: findings from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study. The Lancet. May 13th 2015. [Epub ahead of print].