Of course, this formula can’t actually tell you when you’re going to die. Instead, it uses results from the common treadmill stress test to provide a statistical evaluation of your chance of dying over the next 10 years. Here’s how it works: First, you take a regular old stress test, which involves walking on a treadmill at increasing speeds/elevations while your doctor monitors your heart rate, as well as any symptoms like dizziness or shortness of breath. Then, your doctor inputs your results into this brand-new formula, which will spit out a score telling you how fit you are, relative to other people of the same age/gender.
For example, a 45 year-old-woman with a fitness score in the top 20% has a 2% chance of dying over the next decade. But a woman of the same age whose fitness score puts her in the bottom 20% has a 38% (!!) risk of dying in the same period.
If you need another motivation to get out and get fit, this test might be it!
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