Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), along with coronary artery disease and stroke, are leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide.
“Short bursts of high-intensity stair climbing are an efficient way to improve cardiorespiratory fitness and lipid profile, especially among those who cannot meet current physical activity recommendations,” said Dr. Lu Qi, professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health. and Tropical Medicine.
Using UK Biobank data collected from 450,000 adults, the study estimated participants’ susceptibility to cardiovascular disease based on family history, established risk factors, and genetic risk factors and surveyed participants about their eating habits. lifestyle and frequency of climbing stairs.
He found that climbing more stairs daily especially reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease in those who were less susceptible.
However, Qi said the increased risk of heart disease in more susceptible people could be “effectively offset” by climbing stairs daily.
“This study provides novel evidence of the protective effects of stair climbing on ASCVD risk, particularly for people with multiple ASCVD risk factors,” Qi said.