We are frequently advised to visit a doctor and undergo pricey tests while assessing heart health.
But a recent study reported by the European Society of Cardiology has discovered a quick and low-cost method to evaluate heart health (1).
According to Dr. Jesus Peteiro from the University Hospital A Coruna in Spain, your heart health could use improvement if it takes you more than 1.5 minutes to up four flights of stairs, or 60 stairs altogether (1).
165 people who were thought to have coronary heart disease were evaluated for the study.
All of these individuals had chest pain or shortness of breath while they exercised (1).
On a treadmill, each participant alternatedly increased their speed and distance while walking or running. The patients' exercise capacity was calculated in METs when they were worn out (1).
All participants then took part in a 15-20 minute period of recovery rest before being asked to perform a stair climbing test.
The participants in this test had to ascend four flights of stairs.
Each participant ascended 60 stairs, which is equivalent to 4 flights of stairs.
Throughout the test, none of the patients were allowed to run or pause, and their times were recorded.
Following their ascent, the researchers examined the test findings and the correlation between METs and the duration of the stair climb.
More than 9-10 METs were attained by patients who climbed the stairs in less than 45 seconds (1).
According to other studies, having 10 METs is associated with a reduced death rate.
Participants who spent 1.5 minutes or longer to accomplish the necessary number of steps, on the other hand, made fewer than 8 METs of effort.
An exercise test of 8 METs is associated with a greater mortality rate (1).
During the treadmill test, pictures of cardiac activity were also examined in this investigation. It was discovered that aberrant cardiac function was present in 58% of people who finished the stair test in more than 1.5 minutes (1).
However, only 32% of those who completed the stair climb in under 45 seconds exhibited abnormal heart function (1).
Dr. Jesus Peteiro discovered that the general population could benefit from the considerable relationship between the stair-climbing test time and exercise capacity.
To put it another way, anyone can use this test to find out how their heart is doing right now.
A healthy heart
Regular physical exercise and healthy food are frequently associated with "excellent heart health."
Despite the fact that these are excellent, let's go deeper into the significant impact of lifestyle modifications to encourage a decreased risk of heart disease.
Heart health is affected by a variety of things.
Heart disease risk factors include elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol (blood fats), and abnormal heart rate.
The American Heart Association (AHA) claims that the best defenses against cardiovascular disease are a healthy diet and way of life (2).
Here are a few essential steps to lower your chance of developing heart disease:
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