Research Says: Climbing Stairs Improves The Risk Of Cardiovascular Diseases


The risk of cardiovascular disease can be reduced by 20% for people who climb five flights of stairs. It was published in the Atherosclerosis Journal. Moreover, the study collected data from over 400,000 adult participants in the UK.

The corresponding author of the study, Lu Qi, MD, Ph.D, said,

These findings highlight the potential advantages of stair climbing as a primary preventive measure for ASCVD (Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease) in the general population,

Researchers say that the effectiveness of climbing stairs is greater than walking 10,000 steps a day for cardiovascular health. The data has been collected from participants susceptible to cardiovascular disease. It is based on family history, genetic factors, and established risk factors. For example, a history of smoking and high blood pressure, in addition to other lifestyle habits.

Moreover, the researchers followed up with the participants after 12.5 years.

Qi said,

Short bursts of high-intensity stair climbing are a time-efficient way to improve cardiorespiratory fitness and lipid profile, especially among those unable to achieve the current physical activity recommendations,

In addition, the research also showed participants who put a pause on climbing stairs every day had 32% increased chances of cardiovascular disease.

Research also says that climbing stairs can reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome. In addition, it improves skeletal muscles, improves balance, and lowers blood pressure.

Moreover, although this is great for reducing the risk, it should be taken slowly, especially if you are not used to this kind of activity.

Ronald G. Grifka, MD, FAAP, FACC, FSCAI, cardiologist and chief medical officer at the University of Michigan Health-West, said,

If the shortness of breath becomes more significant or chest pain occurs, you may want to seek medical attention, just as you would with any exercise,


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