New research shows that timing how long a person takes to climb four flights of stairs can be a useful method for testing heart health and a simple on-the-spot assessment. One minute or less indicates good heart health, and 1 minute 30 seconds or longer may indicate higher risk. In the latter case, the person may want to see a healthcare professional, according to research by Jesús Peteiro, MD, PhD, a cardiologist from University Hospital A Coruña, Spain.

The study was presented at EACVI—Best of Imaging 2020, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology. To learn more, go to

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