StandUp test in Instant Heart Rate app

StandUp test in Instant Heart Rate app

What Does my StandUp Test Score Mean?

The StandUp Test score number is meant to give you an understanding of the general strength of your heart. It is based on well known family of Orthostatic Heart Rate tests that measure response of your body from sitting or supine position to standing position. There are two main factors considered in this calculation: your heart’s resting rate, and your heart’s response to the process of standing up.

First, as always, you want to have a low resting heart rate. A lower resting heart rate means your heart is more efficiently circulating blood through your body, which generally indicates that it is strong and healthy. A high StandUp Test score will indicate that you have a strong resting heart rate, given your age and gender.

Second, you want to have a strong heart rate response to standing up. This means a significant peak, which then quickly settles to your standing heart rate. The spike in heart rate caused by standing indicates how much additional stress your heart takes from this process. This helps us understand how much stress your heart is under on a day-to-day basis. For example, a large peak response generally indicates that the heart is under relatively little stress in comparison to that caused by standing up, which is a good sign that you are well rested and hydrated. However, a small response generally indicates that the heart is under significant stress to begin with, as the act of standing up caused little increase in heart rate. A high StandUp Test score will indicate that your response score is considered healthy, given your metrics and resting heart rate.

It’s important to note that if you have known heart conditions, or any ailments that affect your heart rate and your body’s physiological response to physical movement, this advice might not be accurate for you. Note that there are conditions which inhibit this peak response, particularly in people with diabetes (Ewing, Hume, Campbell, Murray, Neilson, & Clarke, 1980).

Everyone’s body is different. Measuring frequently and tagging results will help you understand what and how lifestyle changes affect your score: whether it’s stress due to overtraining, dehydration, lack of sleep or some other factors. Also, measuring at uniform times helps you establish a base line, which you can use as a reference for your other measurements. For example, taking daily measurements right when you get up sets a benchmark for the rest of the day, and allows you to track more long-term trends in your score.

Hopefully this has given you some insight into what the Standup Test score means. Our goal is to help you better understand how your lifestyle impacts your health, so that you can make the proper choices necessary to make the most of your life.



Ewing, D., Hume, L., Campbell, I. W., Murray, A., Neilson, J. M., & Clarke, B. F. (1980). Autonomic mechanisms in the initial heart rate response to standing. Journal of Applied Physiology , 809-814.

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  • Mark Beckstrom

    Sounds like a great addition. How? I do not see it on my Android. Is in not released for Android yet? Or perhaps I am blind.

    • bojan bostjancic

      not yet there, orthostatic test is going to be part of the next release on Android.

      • Shawn Tolle

        When is the next build for android to be released? My wife’s iphone’s app is much better that the version I have on my droid.

  • Ted

    Is there a chart to define stand up percentage results?

  • Rob Lehmann

    OK so how do I interpret the % score?

  • M W

    I have the same question as Rob L: how do I interpret the score? It would be nice if the app included some more basic information, not just the percentage and the hint to pay attention to the results over time. Maybe they don’t want to get in trouble for medical advice, but still…what’s “normal” or “typical”?

  • thewisefrog

    Great way to keep track of your heart rate for people that have POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome).

    • Sparkky

      What if I scored a 0%

      • RyuushinHayashi

        you are going to be talking about a stopped heart ^^

  • rom

    ok, i’ have 70 resting HR and 100 standing HR, diff is 30, they say 15 is average,but the problem is when the diff aproaches 0, so what now?

  • Lori Sheridan

    100 percent is perfectly healthy ,90 80 I would say good ,then 70 and lower scores indicate work needed, like losing weigh,t exercise quit smoking, meditation, stress reduction, hydration, more rest

  • RBI

    Upgrade is useless without a way to interpret what the percentage means. Please tell us how to interpret results or how to get our money back? Without a clear explanation of the results the upgrade is useless. 1 star.

  • Richie

    Yes definately good to monitor for POTS sufferers. But lack if info sbout what the % score means makes it pretty useless really. My resting was 77, peaked quickly on standing at 103, before finishing on 83 on standing. Doesn’t sound too bad given their analysis sbove yet I scored 14%. Needs further explanation.

  • Curt

    As others have stated, its hard to know what the score means, or how to use it in structuring daily activities.

  • Mel

    Mine keeps recording the wrong score. For example, I scored a 40% yesterday, a 49% today, and yet it records another “40%” for today’s test.

  • Alex

    Jajaja two bucks, i coukdve just stood up and measured again.