Did you ever know that testing your heart rate is a no big deal and can also be done by you just being at your apartment! Yes, you can measure and test your heart rate by climbing to your floors. Read to know more about it.
If one is able to climb four steps in less than a minute rather than it shows that he has a good heart health, according to a study conducted in EACVI – Best of Imaging 2020, a scientific conference of the European Society of Cardiology which is known as the ESC.
Dr. Jesus Peteiro, a cardiologist at a University hospital in Spain, said a stair lift is an easy way to check your heart health. He also said that if it takes you more than a minute and a half to go up four steps, your health is deteriorating, and it may be a good idea to consult a doctor.
This study was designed to examine the relationship between daily activity – i.e. climbing stairs – and the results obtained from laboratory exercise tests. Dr. Peteiro also said that the idea was to find a simple and inexpensive way to check cardiovascular health. He says this can help doctors evaluate their patients for further evaluation.
The study included 165 patients with symptoms directed to exercise due to a known or suspected arterial disease. Symptoms include chest pain or shortness of breath during exertion. Participants walk or run the treadmill, slightly increase the pressure, and continue until exhaustion. Exercise strength is measured as metabolic equivalents (METs) .2 After resting for 15 to 20 minutes, patients were asked to climb four steps (60 steps) at a fast pace without stopping, but also without running, and record time.
Researchers analyzed the relationships between METs found during exercise testing and the time it took to climb four steps. Patients who climbed the stairs in less than 40-45 seconds received more than 9-10 MET. Previous studies have shown that 10 METs during exercise testing are associated with a lower mortality rate (1% or less per year, or 10% over 10 years). Conversely, patients who took 1.5 minutes or more to climb stairs found less than 8 METs, and that translates into a death rate of approx. 2-4% per annum, or 30% in 10 years.
During the treadmill tests, researchers also produced images of the heart to test its function during exercise – if the heart was working normally during exercise this indicates a lower risk of coronary artery disease.
Then they compared the findings with the results of the climb. Some 58% of patients who completed a ladder climb in more than 1.5 minutes had abnormal cardiac activity during treadmill testing. In contrast, only 32% of those who climbed the stairs in less than a minute had a normal heart failure during the treadmill test.
Dr. Peteiro also observed and noted that the interaction between the stairs and the exercise period (i.e. METs) would be the same for all people. But rates of death associated with cardiovascular function by imagination may be much better than in patients with symptoms and suspected or confirmed cardiovascular disease.