The Simplest Cardiovascular Test – Can You Pass it?

Test for Heart HealthAccording to CDC data published in 202, approximately “1 in 13 (7.7%) white men, approximately “1 in 14 (7.1%) black men”, and approximately “1 in 17 (5.9%) Hispanic men” have coronary heart disease. And it is estimated that roughly half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.

In December of 2020, the European Society of Cardiology published a study that shows a very strong correlation to coronary heart disease risk. And this particular test is incredibly simple.

The Test

Walk up 4 flights of stairs in under 45 seconds. A flight equals 15 steps, so that means a total of 60 steps. Do not stop or rest when performing this test.

The researchers at the European Society of Cardiology developed this simple test of overall heart health and it proved to be about as accurate as doctor-supervised stress tests and fancy heart imaging studies.

The study author, Dr. Jesús Peteiro, who is a cardiologist at University Hospital A Coruña, in Spain remarked “the stairs test is an easy way to check your heart health. 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.”

Evaluating Your Results

  • If you are under 45 seconds, your heart is healthy.
  • Around 60 seconds means you have a slight risk and should put in a little more time working on your cardiovascular fitness.
  • If it takes you more than 90 seconds and, it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor.

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Test your heart health by climbing stairs

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