Ever wonder when you might kick the bucket? If not, stop reading; if so, this research from John Hopkins will intrigue you.
After analyzing data from nearly 60,000 heart stress tests taken by 18 to 96-year-olds over almost 20 years, cardiologists believe they’ve developed a formula that predicts death risk.
Researchers have dubbed the longevity-predicting algorithm the “FIT Treadmill Score”. Aside from gender and age, the formula factors in peak heart rate and energy expenditure during a treadmill test that involves increasing speed and incline. These cardiac and respiratory fitness levels offer clues about overall death risk over time, say researchers. In fact, fitness level was the most significant predictor of death in the study, more so than diabetes and family history of premature death. Case in point: a 45-year-old woman with a fitness score in the bottom fifth percentile is estimated to have a 38 percent risk of dying over the next decade, compared with a 2 percent risk for a 45-year-old woman with a top fitness score.
FIT Treadmill Scores range from negative 200 to positive 200; those above 0 have a lower mortality risk and those in the negative range face the highest risk of dying. Here’s how the scoring system breaks down:
>>> 100 or higher = 2 percent risk of dying within the next 10 years
>>> 0 to 100 means = 3 percent risk of dying within the next 10 years
>>> Negative 100 to 0 = 11 percent risk of dying within the next 10 years
>>> Lower than negative 100 = 38 percent risk of dying within the next 10 years
Do you dare test yourself? It could be the swift kick you need to improve your cardiovascular fitness and exercise more. Try one of these five ways to fire up your cardio before you hit the treadmill to get a better score and perhaps, more years to live.