Heart Beat: March 2012

Increases in your resting heart rate may signal a heightened risk of death from ischemic heart disease, as well as a smaller, but statistically significant increase in all-cause mortality. Those are the results of a study of more than 19,000 men and women, published in the Dec. 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that individuals who experienced an increase in their resting heart rate between 70 and 85 beats per minute (bpm), but who had rates >85 bpm after 10 years were 80 percent more likely to die from ischemic heart disease compared to those who maintained a resting heart rate between 70 to 85 bpm.
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