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To know the heart is still good or not, researchers have tips easily is enough to touch the tip of your toes. If your body is still flexible to reach your toes, it means your heart is still quite healthy.
In the journal Heart and Circulatory Physiology mentioned that by testing one element of the body (toes), a person can know his heart is healthy or not, even in the midst of a holiday though.
It's easy, simply by sitting on the floor with your legs straightened out to the front and your toes pointing upward. After that try to reach out and touch the tip of your toes with your hands. If you are flexible enough to touch your toes is the heart you are still healthy and flexible as well.
In their study, researchers from the University of North Texas and several Japanese researchers recruited 526 participants between the ages of 20 to 83 years. Participants then take the test flexibility of the body with a measured blood pressure, the arteries and heart activity.
As a result, the researchers found a correlation between body that is not flexible with arteries that are not flexible, particularly in participants over age 40.
Those who failed the test and flexibility of body failed to reach the tip of your toes turned out to have a stiff blood vessels, and means the ability of the heart becomes less good, efficient and increased risk of heart disease.
Japanese researcher Dr Yamamoto said that, although the theory of the relationship between back and leg muscles with a muscle near the heart still vague, but with this study is quite helpful.
Stiffness of back muscles, legs and heart vessels that are interconnected is due kolagennya same composition.
"If you can touch your toes while sitting straight, your heart is still quite good. But if not, maybe you need to go to a cardiologist, "said Dr Yamamoto, a Japanese researcher, as quoted from the New York Times.
But Yamamoto is not always mention the muscle stiffness is a sign of heart disease, only the heart may be less fit and healthy than they should.