Test your heart health by climbing stairs

Climbing four flights of stairs in less than a minute indicates good heart health, according to research presented at EACVI — Best of Imaging 2020, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

“The stairs test is an easy way to check your heart health,” said study author Dr. Jesús Peteiro, a cardiologist at University Hospital A Coruña, Spain. “If it takes you more than one-and-a-half minutes to ascend four flights of stairs, your health is suboptimal, and it would be a good idea to consult a doctor.”

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This study was conducted to examine the relationship between a daily activity — i.e. climbing stairs — and the results obtained from exercise testing in a laboratory. “The idea was to find a simple and inexpensive method of assessing heart health,” said Dr. Peteiro. “This can help physicians triage patients for more extensive examinations.”


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10 responses to “Test your heart health by climbing stairs

  1. I need to find a building that has four flights of stairs!

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  2. Wait, no running? I’m so used to running them two at a time, I don’t know how I’d to at actually walking them!

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  3. Very useful test, thanks, Tony. I just tried it out on a downtown building and was happy to pass. I think this is a great field test to double-check heart health. I reported my results here: https://bionicoldguy.home.blog/2021/01/07/stair-climbing-test/

    I also read your four part series on “stair climbing is good for you” and they were full of good info. I also avoid going down too many stairs, in my case to not impact my artificial hips too much. So If doing lots of flights, I also like to take the elevator down.

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