Do you think you are in pretty good shape but not using a Fitbit or other smart device to keep track of your health?
Now, you don’t need a smart device to get the vital information you need for your health, according to researchers from the European Society of Cardiology.
According to one study, experts say all you need is a stopwatch and a few flights of stairs. This is pretty easy to find for almost anyone. The study shows how much time it takes to climb stairs to determine your overall heart health and your risk of coronary artery disease.
The study author Dr. Jesus Peteiro, a cardiologist, says:
“The stair test is an easy way to check your heart health. If it takes you more than a minute and a half to walk up four flights of stairs, your health is not optimal and it would be a good idea to see a doctor.”
According to the study, participants first walked or ran on a treadmill. After a break of 15 to 20 minutes, the group then climbed four flights of stairs, which corresponds to about 60 steps, without stopping and without running.
Patients who took between 40 and 45 seconds to walk up the stairs averaged between nine and 10 METs during the exercise test. The researchers measured the results in metabolic equivalents (METs), which shows a relationship with the mortality rate.
The study says that reaching 10 METs during exercise is associated with low death rates, which is a very good thing.
On the other hand, the patients who took 90 seconds to get up the stairs averaged under eight METs. This corresponds to a mortality rate of two to four percent per year, or 30 percent over 10 years.
Certainly good information as you get older or just worried about your heart health. CLICK HERE to learn more about this study.