Climb stairs to prolong life and reduce cardiovascular risk

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New UK study highlights benefits of stair climbing.

LONDON, April 29: Recent research from the United Kingdom suggests that something as simple as taking the stairs can significantly enhance longevity and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Presented at the ESC Preventive Cardiology 2024 congress by Dr. Sophie Paddock from the University of East Anglia and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Foundation Trust, the study highlights the remarkable health benefits of stair climbing.

According to Dr. Paddock, opting for the stairs over the elevator can substantially benefit heart health and overall well-being. She emphasizes that even short bursts of physical activity, like climbing stairs, can have a profound impact on health outcomes.

The research, which involved a meta-analysis of nine studies encompassing nearly half a million participants, revealed compelling findings. Participants who regularly climbed stairs demonstrated a 24% reduced risk of mortality compared to non-stair climbers. Additionally, stair climbers exhibited a 39% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and a decreased overall risk of developing cardiovascular issues like heart attacks, heart failure, or strokes.

Dr. Adedapo Iluyomade, a preventive cardiologist at the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, hailed the findings, noting the significant reductions in mortality associated with regular stair climbing. He emphasizes the importance of even small amounts of physical activity in promoting cardiovascular health.

James Cunningham, a senior coach at Total Shape, underscores the accessibility and dual benefits of stair climbing, highlighting its role in improving cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength.

Dr. Eric J Hegedus from Tufts University School of Medicine suggests that stair climbing offers advantages over other forms of exercise like walking, as it elevates heart rate more effectively.

However, Dr. Hegedus emphasizes the importance of ensuring one’s physical capabilities before engaging in stair climbing, suggesting that almost any form of exercise can be beneficial for health improvement.

Dr. Iluyomade advises starting small and gradually increasing stair-climbing frequency to incorporate it into daily routines effectively. Setting specific goals and listening to one’s body are also crucial for success.

The research advocates for integrating stair climbing into daily life, whether at home, work, or elsewhere, as a simple yet effective means of improving cardiovascular health and overall well-being.

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