Are you at risk? Simple stairs test could help detect the deadly condition

Heart disease: Doctor explains how to reduce risk



There are around 7.6 million people living with a heart or circulatory disease in the UK, according to the British Heart Foundation. A study has suggested that an assessment of your ability to walk up stairs could indicate whether you are at risk of the condition.

With the decline of smoking and widespread use of cholesterol-lowering drugs, changes in public health have significantly helped curb rates of heart disease. Nonetheless, it still directly impacts many people.

According to the World Health Organisation, heart disease remains the leading

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Test your heart health by climbing stairs

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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.”

This study was conducted

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