Walking up stairs can help detect UK’s biggest fatal illness



A simple set of stairs could help you detect whether you could have an illness that is the single biggest killer in the UK.

There are 7.6million people living with heart or circulatory disease in the UK – 4million men and 3.6million women – according to the British Heart Foundation.

BHF says coronary heart disease was the single biggest killer of men and women worldwide in 2019.

One person is admitted to hospital in the UK with a heart attack every five minutes – 100,000 admissions per year.

There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year, with a survival rate of less than 1 in 10

But experts say you could detect whether you may have a problem with a simple test, reports BirminghamLive.

If you can walk up four flights of steps in 90 seconds without trouble, you’re probably not at risk, a study says.

University Hospital A Coruna lead author Dr Jesus Peteiro, a cardiologist at University Hospital A Coruna, Spain, said: “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.”

The main symptoms of coronary heart disease are chest pain, shortness of breath and pain throughout the body, as well as feeling faint and also feeling sick (nausea).

Heart and circulatory diseases cause around a quarter of all deaths in the UK, that’s more than 160,000 deaths each year – an average of 460 deaths each day or one every three minutes in the UK.

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