Ask any intensivist – knowing a patient’s exercise capacity is critical in understanding their likelihood of survival, and this study from Circulation proves the point with numbers.
Looking at over 5,000 men over the age of 65, they tested exercise capacity on a treadmill, measured with METs. Every time you went up a MET grade, you’d drop the risk of all cause mortality by about 12%.
12%, people – that’s a handy number to reel off to your patients (and to know yourself!) – and the aim should be to hit at least 5 METs to get maximal benefit.
The benefits are greater in younger patients compared with older patients, but the basic idea remains the same – keep your fitness up, and you’ll live longer.
Read more about it here.